Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering a raid on Chelsea this summer for either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri.
According to Calciomercato, Mourinho would like to bring in one of the left-backs to Roma as a replacement for Leonardo Spinazzola.
Spinazzola suffered a ruptured Achilles during Italy’s European Championship win against Belgium on Friday.
Roma’s flying defender will certainly miss the first few months of the season, leaving Mourinho one man down in his squad.
Hence his apparent desire to storm Stamford Bridge and sign one of Thomas Tuchel’s soldiers.
Both Emerson and Alonso can easily play wing-back or full-back, having done so for club and country.
The duo have been heavily tipped with a transfer away from Chelsea, with Italy their most likely next destination.
Neither managed to hold down a regular spot in Tuchel’s side; between them, they made just 15 Premier League appearances in 2020/21.
They both arrived in South West London after successful stints in Serie A (Alonso at Fiorentina, Emerson with Roma).
Calciomercato claim the Blues would be more willing to relinquish Alonso because of his higher salary.
Any financial cut-backs Roman Abramovich can make would be welcome as he continues to chase Erling Haaland.
He may not receive the £24m (Sky Sports) fee shipped out for the Spaniard in 2016, but there should be some cash return.