Inter Milan are aiming for this week to be the decisive one to bring in Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer.
This according to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri are only waiting for Chelsea to approve a termination of the 33-year-old’s contract by mutual consent, and that then they are in position to quickly make his signing official.
Inter are ready to make Chelsea veteran Azplicueta a Nerazzurri player very soon.
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.
In this sense, Azpilicueta is a player they believe can do the job.
Accordingly, Inter have made their move. They have not wasted much time, spending the past week or so in talks with the Spanish international and his representatives.
Inter Milan Ready To Complete Capture Of Cesar Azpilicueta
Inter and Azpilicueta have agreed terms on a two-year contract. However, at the moment he is still under contract with Chelsea.
Accordingly, the Nerazzurri must wait for Chelsea to agree a termination of their captain’s contract. However, Inter expect that to be forthcoming.
The Nerazzurri anticipate that the Blues will release Azpilicueta this week, at which point he can make the switch without haste.
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In Azpilicueta, Inter will sign a player who has already succeeded playing under one of their own former coaches.
Ex-Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte had been the one to convert Azpilicueta from a fullback into a centre-back.
The Spaniard had proven extremely adept playing in a back three under Conte at Stamford Bridge.
That is the same defensive system that the coach then brought to Inter. And, in turn, the Nerazzurri have kept the back three system under Conte’s successor Simone Inzzghi.
As such, Inter expect Apilicueta to thrive under Inzaghi as he had done under Conte.