Chelsea Make 'Serious Approach' For Cesar Azpilicueta - Marseille President

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) César Azpilicueta of Olympique Marseille challenges Marcel Schmelzer of Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Olympique Marseille and Borussia Dortmund at Velodrome stadium on September 28, 2011 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Here's an interesting tidbit from L'Equipe -- Marseille have apparently confirmed that Chelsea are in hard for Cesar Azpilicueta:

Courtisé depuis plusieurs semaines par Chelsea, César Azpilicueta pourrait quitter Marseille cet été. Selon le président Labrune, le latéral droit espagnol présent aux JO fait l'objet d'une "approche sérieuse" de la part du champion d'Europe en titre. Le joueur de 22 ans, dont la valeur avoisine les neuf millions d'euros, pourrait être numériquement remplacé en cas de départ par Sebastian Boenisch.

So, short story short (but in English): Marseille president Vincent Labrune has claimed that the Blues have made a serious approach for Azpilicueta, and L'Equipe believe a deal might get done by the end of the week for around €9M. The French club are apparently already lining up a replacement for him, so the fate of Sebastian Boenisch, a free agent* after letting his Werder Bremen contract run down, is something to keep an eye on.

*I thought he was going to Stuttgart, but apparently not.

Anyway, this is good news. Azpilicueta's a good young player and should be a capable backup for Ivanovic as well as a capable attacking option for when Chelsea need to change things up against more defensive teams. Cheap, too. Hurray!


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