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.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.