Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is right on the verge of joining Inter Milan on a two-year deal for next season.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that only Chelsea’s approval of a termination of the Spaniard’s contract is missing before he signs a two-year contract worth €3.5 million net per season.
Inter have identified veteran Chelsea defender Azpilicueta as a defensive reinforcement for next season.
With Milan Skriniar leaving on a free transfer and Danilo D’Ambrosio also facing an uncertain future, the Nerazzurri have made a player who can slot in on the right side of their back three a priority.
Former Marseille and Osasunda defender Azpilicueta looks to be the man in Inter’s sights.
Whilst Azpilicueta’s position was strictly as a full-back for a long time, he has extensive experience playing in a back three. This came during Antonio Conte’s time in charge of Chelsea.
The former Nerazzurri, Juventus, and Tottenham Hotspur coach more or less exclusively used Azpilicueta on the right of a back three.
The Spanish international was a stalwart of the Blues’ 2016-17 Premier League title win. And, despite the fact that he turns 34 in August, Inter have no doubts that Azpilicueta can continue to provide that level of quality and consistency.
Chelsea Captain Cesar Azpilicueta Is Inter Milan-Bound
Over the past few days, Inter have gotten all the details worked out with Azpilicueta.
On the player’s end, there is nothing left to do. The 33-year-old is ready to sign a two-year contract with the Nerazzurri.
The Nerazzurri have agreed all the personal terms with Azpilicueta. The Chelsea veteran will earn €3.5 million net per season on a two-year deal.
However, Azpilicueta must now negotiate an exit from Chelsea.
The Spaniard is still under contract for one more season at Stamford Bridge. However, he expects to be able to negotiate a termination of his deal by mutual consent.
Once that is accomplished, Azpilicueta will be free to complete a move to Inter. Chelsea will not be part of the process from there on out.
According to the Gazzetta, Azpilicueta can complete his medicals and sign his Nerazzurri contract this week.