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Transfer News: Chelsea Look to France for Defensive Depth

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 15: Cesar Azpilicueta of Marseille during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Marseille and Spartak Moscow at the Stade Velodrome on September 15, 2010 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJuly 19, 2012

Chelsea’s summer spending looks to continue as reports this morning again link the European champions with a move for Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Spanish right-back, 22, has had an impressive season with the Provence club and has been on Chelsea's radar for a number of seasons.

Reports in the Daily Mail have stated that Roberto Di Matteo is poised to make another bid for Azpilicueta who they tried to acquire in the January transfer window.

He is currently in London as part of the Spanish Olympic squad, so there could be a chance for Chelsea to try to wrap up the deal in double-quick time.

Never capped by Spain at senior level, the highly rated defender could be an excellent addition to Di Matteo’s already impressive squad.

Azpilicueta started his career off his career with hometown club Osasuna, progressing through the B team before breaking into the first team in 2007 at the age of 18.

This was after he caught the eye of a number of teams across the continent, including Manchester City, which attempted to sign Azpilicueta when Mark Hughes was in charge of the team.

A stylish defender, he is exactly the type of player that would fit into this new-look Chelsea team for the forthcoming season.

With the departure of Jose Bosingwa over the summer and the fact that Branislav Ivanovic is centre-back who can cover at right-back, the proposed arrival of Azpilicueta is a very good signing.

He, along with John Terry, Ivanovic and Ashley Cole will make up a good defensive unit for next season. Add them to David Luiz and Gary Cahill and this Chelsea side really begins to take shape.

Roman Abramovich has really splashed the cash so far this summer, and he will be hoping his investment once again pays off when the season is off and running.

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