Report: Tuchel open to selling Chelsea star ahead of key player's return next season
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is prepared to sell Marcos Alonso to a suitable buyer this summer despite uncertainty over Ben Chilwell’s injury return date, according to ESPN.
Alonso is among Chelsea players who will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season.
Once the club sale process reaches a conclusion, the club will then have to decide whether to offer new contracts or cash in on these players to avoid losing them on free transfers.
It will be more difficult for Chelsea to let go of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante who still play prominent roles under Tuchel, but the manager is reportedly open to offers for Alonso.
The 31-year-old had mostly played a backup role until Chilwell picked up a knee ligament injury in November which forced him out for the rest of the season.
Chilwell is expected to be back next season, and Tuchel is reportedly hoping the left-back will be back in time for the start of the season.
Two left-back options; Emerson Palmieri and Ian Maatsen may also return from loan spells at Lyon and Coventry City, respectively.
Alonso himself has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
Fabrizio Romano recently claimed that while the Spain international is willing to wait for the expected change of ownership at Chelsea, he still prioritises a return to his home country.
It seems unlikely that Chelsea will spend big in the transfer market for a new left-back given Chilwell’s strong performances prior to his injury.