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Cesar Azpilicueta wanted by a number of clubs

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Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is apparently being chased by a number of Europe's top clubs, according to Sky Sports' Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague.  

The journalist claims that three top teams: Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, are all fighting for Azpilicueta's signature this summer.

Reporting for Sky Sports, Balague said: "Some of the top clubs in Europe are after Azpilicueta's signature. 

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"If Chelsea were willing to sell, the front runners would be Atletico Madrid. Bayern Munich are also known to have made an inquiry, and his ambidextrous qualities are also much sought-after by Barcelona."

The versatile defender joined Chelsea from French club Marseille in 2012, but has since been strongly linked with a return to his home country, Spain.

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After performing well for the Blues over the past couple of seasons, it's no surprise that two of La Liga's top clubs are being drawn to the 26-year-old, along with the Bundesliga champions.

However, Balague also believes that Chelsea will stand firm on their valuation of Azpilicueta, should any side come knocking. 

"The problem is that if Chelsea are going to sell him, to make it worth their while, they will be looking for around €18 million for the utility full-back."

Their asking price of €18m, which is equivalent to roughly £14 million, is abnormally high for a full-back, and considerably more than what Barcelona, in particular, are willing to pay.  

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The valuation of the Spaniard is considered to be this high as he is expected to be a part of incoming manager Antonio Conte's plans, but Balague admits that Chelsea will sell, should they receive a good offer:

"Chelsea will stick to their valuation primarily because they would be quite happy to see him (Azpilicueta) stay at the club, although they wouldn't stand in his way if they received an offer that they felt they couldn't refuse." 

The player himself has yet to comment on his future, and is currently on international duty with the Spain squad at Euro 2016.

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He has made just one substitute appearance so far, coming on in the last 10 minutes against Turkey, a game Spain won 3-0.

Although he might not be a starter in the national side, there is no doubting Azpilicueta's ability as one of the best and most versatile full-backs in Europe, and with Chelsea missing out on Champions League football next season, a move to one of Europe's elite clubs may be too good to turn down.  

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