Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona, has stated that he wants three Chelsea players in the January transfer window.
Barcelona is said to be interested in signing three Chelsea players before the start of next season.
According to rumors, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has put Chelsea defenders Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Andreas Christensen on his shortlist of targets for next season. The Catalan giants have had a disappointing start to the new La Liga season, winning only three of their first seven games.
They are now in ninth place in the table, five points behind Real Madrid, who are currently in first place.
Due to their difficult financial circumstances, Barcelona were unable to complete any major transfers over the summer.
Laporta’s main responsibilities included negotiating free transfers for players like Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay, and Sergio Aguero.
The lone player signed for a price was Emerson Royal, although the 22-year-old was swiftly traded to Tottenham after only three appearances for the team.
Barcelona appears to be taking a similar approach ahead of next season, with Laporta reportedly evaluating a slew of out-of-contract players in the run-up to the January transfer market.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, and Christensen are three of the players on Barcelona’s radar.
Despite becoming as one of Chelsea’s most valuable assets under Thomas Tuchel’s tutelage, the former is yet to sign a new contract.
Although negotiations have apparently been going on for some time, the German defender is still no closer to accepting to new terms at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel recently stated that he is unconcerned about Rudiger’s immediate future, predicting that the 28-year-old will eventually sign a contract.
When asked for an update on the matter last month, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stated, “It’s between the club and the player’s agency.”
“He has been consistently great and at a high level for a long time. I notice he’s calm and attentive, and it’s clear that it’s not a source of distraction for him.” Meanwhile, Azpilicueta has previously stated that he is optimistic about his own contract situation, claiming that it would be resolved in the next weeks and months.
“I have no concerns; I am totally trusted by the club at this time,” the Spaniard stated.
“It’s true that my contract expires in June, but I’m just focused on the next step, which is to practice and play as well as I can,” says Brinkwire.