Barcelona make Chelsea defensive ace priority signing

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on May 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Chelsea should brace themselves for a raid by Barcelona in the coming days as Ernesto Valverde makes Cezar Azplicueta his main defensive target this summer.

Marca claims Valverde is a huge admirer of the versatile defender and has told top officials at the club, the arrival of Azpilicueta is a must.

Azpilicueta has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League since his arrival in 2012 for £7 million.

Several Chelsea managers have used the former Marseille right full back in several positions across the Chelsea defense including shockingly strong performances at center back alongside David Luiz and Gary Cahill in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3.

The 2016/17 Copa Del Rey winners had reportedly been chasing Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin but cooled their pursuit in the Spaniard, and will now focus on the Chelsea defender.

He was the only Chelsea player last season to have lasted every minute of the Premier League campaign. He’s won four trophy with Chelsea including two Premier League titles, one League Cup and one Europa League.

Valverde tried to sign the player while at Athletic Bilbao and has not lost his hunger to train Azpilicueta.