Atletico Madrid ‘considering’ move for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta as they look to replace exit-bound defender Kieran Trippier during January transfer window
- Kieran Trippier has been linked with Premier League return to Newcastle United
- Atletico Madrid are now looking for a versatile defender to replace the full-back
- Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is out of contract at the end of the season
- Barcelona though are also monitoring the Spanish defender’s availability
Atletico Madrid are prepared to turn their attention to Cesar Azpilicueta as they begin the search to replace the exit-bound Kieran Trippier.
Trippier is likely to depart the Wanda Metropolitano this month, with a move back to the Premier League with Newcastle United looking most likely for the former Tottenham Hotspur right-back.
Diego Simeone’s side are already looking at replacements and the Blues captain has emerged as a prime candidate.
Atletico Madrid are reportedly considering a move for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta
According to AS, Azpilicueta’s ability to play centre-back as well as on the right also make him a versatile option and he is highly rated by Simeone.
Like many Blues defenders, the 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and from this month is free to negotiate with teams outside of the Premier League over a free transfer this summer.
However, Atletico’s needs would be immediate, and the Spanish side may need to make a bid for the defender to prize him away from Stamford Bridge.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone highly rates the defender who can play centre and right-back
The report believes Azpilicueta is unlikely to extend his Chelsea stay but that Barcelona are also keeping a close eye on his availability.
Simeone is understood to prefer Trippier staying until the end of the season but Atletico have seen an opportunity to cash in on a player who is could leave for free next summer.
‘He is an extraordinary player, ‘ added Simeone. He is someone who has given us so much.’
Asked why he could be leaving in the middle of a tough season when the club are not blessed with reliable defenders he added: ‘there are millions of reasons you can think of’.
Atletico are already looking at potential replacements for Kieran Trippier this month
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