Granovskaia offers double swap deal with Barcelona as Chelsea pair ‘seduced’


Barcelona are reportedly ‘close’ to signing Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso from Chelsea, with director Marina Granovskaia eyeing a double swap deal.

Both Azpilicueta and Alonso have deals with Chelsea which expire at the end of next season, meaning the club will need compensation from Barcelona for the pair.

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And sport (Going through sports witness) claims the Blues are “ready to talk about a player-exchange deal with no money at stake.”

After analyzing possible players to swap, Granovskaia is reportedly looking for a deal for right-back Sergino Dest.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is said to be ‘very interested’ in the American and wanted the former Ajax player on loan last summer.

Dest has previously expressed his desire to stay at Camp Nou, but Barcelona boss Xavi’s push for Alonso and Azpilicueta could see him leave the club.

The report claims that Barcelona chief Mateu Alemany has already traveled to London to hold talks with Granovskaia over a deal between the two clubs.

Besides Dest, who is valued at £20m, Chelsea are also reportedly interested in backup goalkeeper Neto, who could also be included in the deal.

Elsewhere, Graeme Souness considers the Chelsea star Mason Mount proved Blues fans wrong with his performances.

Mount put on a classy display at Elland Road on Wednesday night as Chelsea brushed aside Leeds 3-0 to all but secure Champions League football next season.

The England international opened the scoring with a brilliant finish in the top corner, before setting up Christian Pulisic for the game’s second.

Mount had his doubters, mainly from fans of other clubs, but Souness claimed it was Chelsea fans who were denied by the 23-year-old’s consistent quality.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said: “What a boy he is. I think he’s top class.

“I remember a few years ago Chelsea fans doubted him. There is no doubt about him.

“He’s energetic, he’s a workaholic, he’s got great skills, an eye for a goal and an eye for an assist – he’s just a top player at such a young age.”


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