Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta remains a priority transfer target for Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain, after the French champions failed with a €12 million offer for the Spanish defender last summer.
La Parisien report that Azpilicueta was discussed when PSG made their £50m move for David Luiz last summer, but Chelsea were adamant the tenacious full-back is going absolutely nowhere.
PSG instead turned their attention to a season-long loan move for Serge Aurier, who Arsenal monitored closely before signing Mathieu Debuchy. Aurier has failed to make a strong impression at the Parc des Princes though, which means this particular transfer merry-go-round has a chance of swinging full circle later this year.
Financial Fair Play regulations to be considered
Chelsea managed to keep Azpilicueta last summer, but it remains to be seen if PSG can be turned away if they come back with a bigger offer at the end of the season.
PSG were restricted by Financial Fair Play limitations when it came to bidding for the ex-Marseille with their first bid, after spending an obscene amount on Luiz. Things might be different this summer though, with room to offer the 25-year-old a big deal to return to France.
Azpilicueta staying put, but Aurier's not
Blues boss Jose Mourinho will surely not entertain anything beyond an astronomical bid for Azpilicueta, a £70,000-a-week star who has been tremendous for Chelsea over the last 18 months and established himself as perhaps the Premier League's most consistent full-back.
You can see why PSG are so desperate to sign him, an immediate upgrade on Aurier. The Ivory Coast star has serious raw potential, but has to match that to consistent performances for PSG and continues to be left out in favour of Gregory van der Wiel for their biggest matches.
Arsenal could take advantage and sign a long-term rival for Debuchy, or an alternative to Hector Bellerin should the French international's injury problems fail to subside.
Aurier would likely come pretty cheap too, which means he's player worth seriously considering for the Gunners even though the post World Cup stardust has faded somewhat.
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