Report: Manager targets £24m Chelsea player as a 'dream' signing, his club could make move in summer

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is reportedly targeting Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso as a “dream” signing at full-back for his side.

According to Marca, Spanish giants Atletico are interested in the Blues 31-year-old player.

It is explained the La Liga club could make a move to try sign him at the end of the season when the summer window opens.

The report states Atletico are keen to reignite interest in the left wing-back after wanting him in 2019, especially as Simeone is a big admirer of his that feels would suit his system.

Alonso, who’s still under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2024, is a nailed-on starter right now during the absence of injured teammate Ben Chilwell.

He’s an attack-minded defender who suits a wing-back position, so Thomas Tuchel’s preferred 3-4-3 formation falls right into his hands.

The £24million left-footer has one goal and three assists so far this season in all competitions.

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Alonso sale could make sense for Chelsea

Of course, Chelsea need Alonso from now until the summer to cover for Chilwell.

However, it could make sense for all parties if he moves on at the end of the season when he’ll have one year left on his deal at Stamford Bridge.

He’s been an excellent servant over the years for the Blues, scoring 25 goals and making 20 assists in 193 club appearances.

Aged 31, it could be time for Chelsea to look towards some fresher competition in the wide area for Chilwell.

Alonso will leave the club as someone who’s won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup in a Chelsea shirt. It’s unclear on when that’ll be yet, though.

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