Cesar Azpilicueta has not been included in the Marseille squad for Thursday night's Europa League clash with FC Sheriff Tiraspol, fuelling speculation the right-back is on the brink of a move to Chelsea.

Azpilicueta has been linked with the European champions virtually all year and reports in France have claimed an agreement was reached over a transfer fee late Tuesday night.

It was also suggested the 22-year-old Spaniard, who started Marseille's opening two Ligue 1 games of the season, would sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

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