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Atletico Madrid Begin Talks With Chelsea's First Team Star Ahead of Transfer Window

Chelsea could risk the loss of Cesar Azpilicueta at the end of the season. Atletico Madrid have shown interest in the 31 year old despite boasting a good defensive record this term. The Blues stalwart who has led Chelsea to FA this season, could be up for grabs after the quick rise of Reece James.

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The versatile Spanish international could return to La Liga for the first time in 11 years where he spent his development career at Osasuna. The Spanish outfit is ready to play swap deal cards with Jose Gimenez plus cash. Diego Simeone is aware of Chelsea's interest on the Uruguayan. Therefore, he is looking for an appropriate replacement for the 24 year old. Atletico's representatives are in London to actualize the transfer before the window opens.

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Azpilicueta is a versatile defender across all defensive positions making him most suitable to fit Simeone's criteria. However, Chelsea could block the captain's move to the other side as he is a vital experienced figure at the club in influencing the young squad at Tuchel's disposal. Ngolo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Olivier Giroud are viewed as old stars showing younger guys the way at the club.

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