Chelsea have identified a new target in their ongoing search for a top class right-back.
Jose Bosingwa has left the club this summer and while Branislav Ivanovic has performed admirably on the right side of defense, he is more naturally suited to a place in the center. The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for Maicon in recent weeks, however Real Madrid look to be in pole position to sign the Brazilian form Inter.
Reports have now emerged that Chelsea are in talks to sign Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille. The 22-year-old is in Spain's squad for the Olympics and has said that he is focusing on going for gold for the time being.
I have heard the news in recent days, he told Sky Sports.
It says that I will move from Marseille, but I am calm about my future.
Now I am only focused on my work with the Spanish team and for the Games in London. My dream is to win the gold medal.
There may be some way to go before any deal is struck, with Chelsea and Marseille said to be a distance apart regarding a valuation, according to reports.
Chelsea began their pre-season campaign on Wednesday night with a 4-2 victory at the Seattle Sounders, with Eden Hazard scoring the game's second goal in his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt. And the Belgian looks set to be welcoming his younger brother to Stamford Bridge in the near future.
Thorgan Hazard revealed on his Facebook and Twitter page that he will be joining Chelsea from Lens on Friday. Lens' sporting director Antoine Sibierski confirmed that the deal would go through in an interview on the club's official website.
With the opportunity to join his brother at the Champions of Europe, Ligue 2 side Lens realized that there was little to be gained by trying to block the move.
Hazard could be joined at Chelsea shortly by Wigan's pacey attacker Victor Moses. The Blues have had several bids rejected for the 21-year-old who has just a year remaining on his deal. Now, finally Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his interest in the player.
[It's] something that the clubs are discussing but at the moment he is a Wigan player, Di Matteo said, according to the Daily Mail.
He had a good season last season, he is young and an interesting prospect.
There has also been an interesting development in Chelsea's pursuit of Edinson Cavani. Napoli are understandably keen to hang onto the prolific Uruguayan, but it appears that Cavani's salary demands are trying the club's patience.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said in an encounter with fans of the Partenopei on Thursday that he would leave Cavani to rot on the bench if he asks for a salary of €7 million to €8 million (£5.5m to £6.2m) a year, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
With Didier Drogba having departed this summer, Chelsea are believed to have identified Cavani as the ideal alternative to Fernando Torres. It is believed that the 25-year-old would cost close to £35 million, however.