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Real Madrid interested in signing Chelsea legend in January, willing to offer €10 million

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Cesar Azpilicueta was at the heart of an elongated transfer saga in the summer, with Barcelona interested in signing him on a free transfer. However, the Spanish veteran ended up renewing his contract with Chelsea for another two years under the new administration of Todd Boehly.

Despite signing a new contract, however, Azpilicueta is slowly losing his prominence with the Blues. He has played 11 games out of a possible 14, out of which he has started just seven.

Therefore, according to a report by SPORT, Real Madrid are interested in signing Azpi in the winter, and are willing to offer nearly €10 million for his services.

Madrid do have two right-backs in their squad at the moment in the form of Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez. Despite that, they appreciate Azpilicueta’s versatility, as the Chelsea captain can also be deployed in central defence.

Further, that would allow Vazquez to be deployed in his natural position on the right-wing far more often than he does now.

It seems unlikely that Chelsea will let Azpilicueta leave in the winter, given the injury concerns to Reece James. The Englishman has been struggling for fitness over the past two seasons, and is also set to miss the World Cup.

Furthermore, there have been reports stating that Madrid will not sign any players in the winter transfer market, which was pretty much confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti during a pre-game press conference last week.

“Our idea is not to make moves during the winter market,” he said.

And even if Los Blancos were to take a market dive in January, they would likely prioritise signing a striker, given Karim Benzema’s injury concerns over the last few months.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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