Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing to shape up his defense ahead of the new English Premier League season. The Portuguese is reportedly looking back at his former club Chelsea for some recruitment. Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is the rumored player who is heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
The talented Spaniard is available for $17 million and incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to listen to any offer that comes in for the defender. Other than Mancherster United, Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Bilbao are also interested in signing the 26-year-old, according to Nika Cuenca of the AS.
If Manchester United is able to sign Azpilicueta for $17 million from Chelsea, then it will be considered as a major coup for United, considering the Spaniard’s transformation into a world-class full back during his time at the Bridge.
Chelsea experienced a disastrous 2015-16 season. But, Azpilicueta was one of the silver linings of the season with some good performances under his belt. The Spaniard made 37 appearances in the Premier League scoring 2 goals along the way. He won 48% of the defensive duels earning 7 yellow cards in the process. Azpilicueta has a pass accuracy of 81%, as reported by Squawka.com.
The 26-year-old was used as a left back by Mourinho during his spell as the Chelsea manager. The man from Pamplona, Spain is equally adept at playing on either of the full-back positions and played a major role in covering for the ageing John Terry.
Mourinho’s tactical system is built on a solid defensive line and Azpilicueta’s versatility makes him a top priority for Mourinho. The player may himself be excited to reunite with his former manager at Manchester United. However, with such a low-fee involved, it will be interesting to see how the Chelsea hierarchy deals with the transfer.
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