Barcelona manager Xavi “in discussions with” Azpilicueta

Reports in Spain claim Xavi is in discussions with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

According to Sport, Xavi has been having regular conversations with the 32-year-old Blues defender.

With Azpilicueta’s contract at Stamford Bridge expiring at the end of the season, he’s free to negotiate a new deal with a foreign club. In addition, there is the complication that Chelsea are currently banned from discussing contract extensions with current players due to government sanctions.

Barcelona have reportedly already lined up a summer move for Azpilicueta by offering him a three-year deal at Camp Nou. Chelsea have a clause in the Spaniard’s current contract to extend it, but it’s unclear on if they can activate that during ongoing restrictions.