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Barcelona director gives update on Alonso and Azpilicueta transfers

Marcus Alonso- Cesar Azpilicueta
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The Catalans are willing to sign both Chelsea defenders ahead of the next season.

Barcelona director Jordi Cruyff has admitted Chelsea’s change of ownership has delayed their moves for Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Cruyff was speaking at the unveiling of another former Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen, who joined Barca on Thursday. The Catalans hope to reinforce their backline by adding Azpilicueta and Alonso to their ranks ahead of the next season.

However, Todd Boehly’s takeover of Chelsea has forced Barca to delay their plans for the defensive pair.

When asked about the possible transfers of Azpilicueta and Alonso, Cruyff said: “It is true that the change of ownership of Chelsea has delayed everything a bit,” Cruyff said. “It is obvious that we want to strengthen the team and our job is to have plenty of names on the table.

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“What struck me the most is that, when players hear the name of Barcelona, their eyes open and they are willing to give up some money to adapt to the new salary structure.

It is a source of pride to see how they are willing to lose money to fight for these colours. The new salary structure must be fair and stable.

“We don’t want to talk about names, because they have contracts with their clubs. But it is true that we are looking to strengthen in positions that we consider fundamental.”

Christensen also admitted he would like to play alongside his Chelsea teammates at Camp Nou next season.

“I really want to play here, but I would love to play with them again next year,” he said.