For several weeks, there were many indications that the club from the Catalan capital would try in the coming weeks to reach an agreement with the 32-year-old, whose contract with the “Blues” expires at the end of June. The right-back was supposed to be a solid reinforcement for Barcelona’s defence, but most likely he won’t.
Barcelona may have a problem with reinforcements
On Thursday, information appeared that the British government had frozen all assets owned by Roman Abramovich in Great Britain. The restrictions also apply to Chelsea itself – as a result of which the club is forbidden to make transfers, as well as to sign contracts with players. The Blues will receive a so-called limited license to continue activities related to pik non, but sanctions prevent the club from being sold.
The sanctions imposed make Antonio Rudiger’s future almost certain. The German central defender is likely to change the environment, and his services have been interested in, among other things, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Barcelona also relied on bringing in players. “Blaugrana” has long been watched by both Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea benefited from a clause in the Azpilicueta deal
While the Dane can finally move to the Camp Nou, in the case of Cesar Azpilicueta, the situation is more complicated. And the Spanish newspaper “AS” indicated that the 32-year-old player has a clause in his contract, according to which it is automatically extended for 12 months after playing 30 matches in one season. This condition was met in February.
For this reason, it can be said contractually that Azpilicueta’s contract is currently valid until the end of June 2023. While Barcelona had hoped that Chelsea would agree to the Spaniard’s early departure, that appears to be impossible in the event of penalties.
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