Barça perhaps did not expect it. After several weeks of negotiations, Cesar Azpilicueta finally decided to turn his back on the Catalans, who had made the former Marseillais their priority in the post of right side. A shot in the dark because the Spaniard finally extended his contract at Chelsea, who only had one year left. He is now tied to the Blues until 2024, forcing the Culés to find another solution.
Dani Alves gone, Sergi Robert being more of a solution to rotate the workforce and Sergiño Dest not having the confidence of his club and his coach at all, it is a question of quickly turning around because the season is now starting in a week in La Liga. According sportthe main alternative has already been found in the person of Thomas Meunier (30), still under contract at Borussia Dortmund (2024).
The main unknown: the price asked by the BvB
The Catalans have been appreciating his qualities for a while now. Already this winter, the Belgian had been courted. He had even recounted this false start. “It could have been done…Barcelona were looking for a reliable right-back – someone who is physically strong, complete and can be dangerous are in transition – at an acceptable price, given their situation. I correspond to this profile, for these different parameters.
For lack of time to turn around at the end of January, Borussia Dortmund had said no. The situation is different this time because there is a little less than a month left in the transfer window. The German club would this time have the possibility of finding a solution without working in an emergency. The only parameter that counts now is the price that the BvB will ask for the former Parisian, who remembers, had recruited him free 2 years ago.