Three reasons Chelsea must keep hold of Barcelona target Azpilicueta

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are confident of keeping hold of Barcelona target Cesar Azpilicueta this summer.

Spanish publication Sport had claimed on Wednesday that the defender is one of new Barca manager Ernesto Valverde’s summer targets after the former Athletic Bilbao coach was officially unveiled as Luis Enrique’s replacement at the Camp Nou.

It is no surprise given the 27-year-old enjoyed yet another impressive and consistent season at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues win the Premier League title and adapting to boss Antonio Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation.

The La Liga giants are desperate to strengthen their squad over the course of the next few weeks following a disappointing campaign in which they finished second to Real Madrid in the league, and were easily beaten by Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

While the potential move could be tempting for the Spaniard, the Premier League champions have to stay strong.

Here are three reasons Chelsea must fight off interest in Azpilicueta from Barcelona this summer…