Chelsea have made a £5 million bid for Cesar Azpilicueta, but Marseille have rejected the offer according to The Sun.
The Blues are on a mission to revamp their squad this summer and have already brought in some exciting young talent from the continent.
A right-back is said to be on Roman Abramovich’s wishlist, with Jose Bosingwa leaving the side on a free transfer this summer.
Paulo Ferreira is the only recognised right-back at the club currently, and versatility man Branislav Ivanovic would prefer to play centre-half.
Despite considering a move for France international Mathieu Debuchy, the Spanish defender has emerged as the Stamford Bridge club’s number one choice to fill the position.
Marseille are holding out for £8 million for Azpilicueta, and it remains to see whether the Champions League winners will pay the Ligue 1 side’s ransom.
By Gareth McKnight