Chelsea’s Spanish defender wanted by Athletic Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao are lining up a surprise swoop for Chelsea right back Cesar Azpilicueta, reports the Daily Express.
The Spanish defender has struggled to win a place in the Blues starting line-up under Jose Mourinho, with the more physical presence of Branislav Ivanovic preferred in nearly all fixtures this season.
Azpilicueta has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League this campaign, coming off the bench after 89 minutes against Manchester United as Chelsea looked to hold out for a point in the 0-0 stalemate.
Last night’s Capital One Cup was the first time he has started a match in 2013-14, and with Athletic Bilbao looking to supply competition to Androni Iraola at right back, Azpilicueta could be on the move after just over a year in West London.
The Pamplona born right back would fit into Athletic Bilbao’s policy of only buying players from the Basque region of Spain.