Manchester United could acquire a third Chelsea star in just 10 years, with their pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta. If he agrees to join Old Trafford, Azpilicueta can follow in the footsteps of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic.
Manchester United are said to be interested in signing Azpilicueta this summer. The Spaniard is loyal to Chelsea and has won every major trophy since 2012. However, he can recreate the Mata and Matic deals by leaving Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford.
According to journalist Simon Phillips, Azpilicueta received great interest from Man United. “I know Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are three of the clubs that want Azpilicueta,” confirmed Simon Phillips.
Azpilicueta’s current contract expires next summer, meaning the Blues must sell him now or lose the veteran. The Red Devils are looking for players with experience in defence, at a time when the likes of Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly are expected to leave.
Although a move to Spain has been described as a very likely outcome, that hasn’t stopped United from taking an interest in the experienced Blues player. And if a deal comes to fruition, Azpilicueta will become the third player to leave Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford in the past decade.
Back in January 2014, David Moyes had a bad start to his time as Manchester United manager, having replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm just a few months earlier. The Red Devils disappointed Moyes when they failed to recruit Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.
And the Scottish manager believes that, by taking action, he will turn the tide at Old Trafford. United then received word that Mata was allowed to leave Chelsea, having lost his place under Jose Mourinho.
So they decided to go ahead with a deal for £37m. Mata wasn’t enough to save Moyes from being fired. However, he eventually became a beloved player at Man Utd until leaving.
Same goes for Matic. In 2017, Mourinho wanted a midfielder to partner with Paul Pogba and he chose the former Chelsea student. The midfielder spent five years in Manchester before parting ways with Mourinho to reunite with Mourinho again at Roma last summer.
Matic came to Man Utd during a difficult period for the team, so, He alone could not help revive the situation. But with his skills and professionalism, Matic is very loved by Red Devils fans.
With Azpilicueta, his professionalism and commitment are unquestionable. If they recruit Azpilicueta, Man Utd will have a dedicated player like Matic or Mata.
Xiao Lam | 22:34 04/26/2023