La Liga heavyweights Barcelona have reportedly offered Sergino Dest and Memphis Depay in a swap deal to sign Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Todd Boehly held extensive talks in Barcelona with the Catalan club’s president Joan Laporta over moves for several players in the summer transfer window. And the Blaugrana offered Sergino Dest and Memphis Depay in a swap deal to sign Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have been stalwarts for Chelsea during their respective stints at Stamford Bridge. The former has been with the Blues for nearly a decade and has gradually risen in stature to become the club captain and pivotal figure in their defensive unit. On the other hand, Alonso moved to Chelsea from Fiorentina almost six years back and has blown hot and cold in this time.
Azpilicueta has turned out over 450 times for Chelsea, with Alonso also notching up triple-digit figures in appearances for the west Londoners. But the two Spanish defenders have entered the final year of their respective contracts, leaving Chelsea in a spot of bother. And such a situation has alerted several high-profile clubs across Europe, including Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are keen on raiding Chelsea to bolster their defensive unit in the summer transfer window, with Andreas Christensen already arriving at Camp Nou in a Bosman move. And Azpilicueta and Alonso are next in line to possibly swap Chelsea for Barcelona, with the Blaugrana opening talks with the Blues over a possible double swoop.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wanted to schedule a meeting with Barcelona to know them in person and discuss many topics. Barça ask for Marcos Alonso & Azpilicueta after personal terms agreed 🔴🛩 #FCB
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2022
The Catalan giants need to invest in a right-back and a left-back this summer, as Dani Alves has left the club for the second time, while Jordi Alba is well into his thirties and showing signs of ageing. While Xavi Hernandez has two right-back options in Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto, neither inspires much confidence.
Meanwhile, Alba does not have a recognized backup, with Alejandro Balde yet to establish a foothold in the first-team setup. Azpilicueta and Alonso are thus viable targets for Barcelona, with the Chelsea duo keen on joining the Blaugrana. The Catalan giants have now offered Dest and Memphis Depay to Chelsea in a swap deal to sign the two Spanish defenders.
Recent reports have claimed the Blues are open to a swap deal to let Azpilicueta and Alonso leave. But it is unclear if Chelsea will accept Dest and Depay in such an operation. However, Dest is on Chelsea’s radar, and Depay could bolster their offensive unit considerably, especially now that Ousmane Dembele looks likely to remain at FC Barcelona.
It will be interesting to see if Barcelona and Chelsea engage in a swap deal involving four players. This seems like an ambitious operation, and implementing it should take some time.