Report: Club hope to complete permanent signing of £100k-a-week Chelsea player next week, deal is now close
Barcelona are reportedly getting close to signing Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso this summer.
According to Sport, the 31-year-old Blues wing-back is “very close” to completing a permanent transfer to the Camp Nou.
It is understood the two parties will try finalise the deal during discussions next week, with just the final price still to be sorted. Spanish giants Barcelona are trying to agree a deal worth less than €10million (£8.6million).
The report adds Alonso has been given the approval to leave Stamford Bridge once a deal is finalised. He’s even agreed a three-year deal with Barcelona, too.
Alonso, who earns £100,000-a-week, could be about to leave Chelsea after making 211 appearances for them.
The Spain international has divided opinion over the years for his defensive work, but there’s no doubting he’s shined as a specialist left wing-back.
He’s remarkably won the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup as a Chelsea player.
Barcelona close to signing Marcos Alonso
It sounds like this is a transfer that may be pushed over the line.
Alonso has reportedly been asking to leave West London for some time, so he may get that wish after six hectic years on Chelsea’s books.
The left-footer deserves big credit for stepping in last season when Ben Chilwell suffered a long-term injury. Blues supporters shouldn’t forget how crucial he was during the club’s Premier League title success back in the 2016/17 campaign as well.
If he goes, it’ll be interesting to see what Chelsea do with the left wing-back slot.
Ben Chilwell, 25, is the first pick to play on the left of defence, which is why fans are delighted to see him return from injury.
20-year-old Ian Maatsen, who spent last season out on loan with Coventry City, is one potential option to replace Marcos Alonso. He was spotted training with some first-team players today on the first day back of pre-season.