Real Madrid are preparing a surprise bid to sign Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, according to Italian sports website Sportmediaset.it.
Los Blancos are planning to sell Fabio Coentrao in the winter market, and Azpilicueta could be his substitute. Alvaro Arbeloa would then become the second-option for the left-back, while current Chelsea player would have to fight for the right-back spot with Daniel Carvajal.
The 24-year-old had a brilliant debut season at Chelsea last year, starting 43 matches. However, under Jose Mourinho he has seen his chances diminish greatly. Former Real Madrid manager has picked Branislav Ivanovic for the right-back position and Azpilicueta feels that he is not part of the Portuguese’s plans.
Although Florentino Perez has affirmed that Real will not be making any signings in January, Coentrao’s exit could change everything, and Azpilicueta could have a chance to return to Spain.
The Spanish international grew up at Osasuna’s youth teams. He played two seasons at Olympique de Marseille before moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012.
Another question is whether Chelsea are willing to leave, especially to a Champions League rival and former team of his current boss.