As the search for a right back continues, Chelsea are set to re-ignite the negotiations with Marseille for their young Spanish full back, Cesar Azpilicueta, according to various sources over the last couple of days.

Chelsea had first noted their interest in Cesar back in January and they have contacted Marseille about the 22-year-old a few times over the summer. Roberto Di Matteo has always been a keen admirer of the young Spaniard.

Along with Cesar, Chelsea had a few other targets in mind, namely Maicon and Debuchy. Azpilicueta wasn’t the main target, but has been scouted for a while now and Chelsea officials have had him on their radar. So it now looks like they will be making a concrete move for him.

With the news coming out that Maicon will chose to join Real Madrid, Chelsea will now turn their attentions back to Cesar Azpilicueta, who is said to be the fans favourite for the role as right back.

Chelsea seem to be looking for value for money, and Cesar should be able to be picked up pretty reasonably, with sources suggesting it will be in the region of £10 million. He is a top prospect who has come through the Spanish youth ranks, and will certainly be a brilliant addition to the new look Chelsea squad, if they can secure the deal.

Simon Phillips – News Editor

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