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Atletico Madrid 'keen to sign Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta this summer'

Atletico 'keen to sign Cesar Azpilicueta this summer'
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Atletico Madrid could attempt to sign Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta this summer, according to a report.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta this summer.

The 31-year-old has been a key player for the Blues during the 2020-21 campaign, contributing one goal and two assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.

Azpilicueta's current deal at Stamford Bridge is due to expire next summer, though, meaning that, as it stands, he will be free to enter into talks with foreign clubs from January 2022.

A recent report claimed that Thomas Tuchel's side were preparing to open contract discussions with the Spaniard, who has made 22 Premier League appearances this term.

However, according to El Gol Digital, Atletico want to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding his future by launching a bid during this summer's transfer window.

Azpilicueta has shown his versatility by operating as a right-back, a centre-back and a right-sided wing-back since Tuchel's arrival at the club earlier this year.

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· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
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· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
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· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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