Atletico Madrid move for Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso

Atletico Madrid will make an attempt to sign Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso in January, according to a report in Cadena Cope.

The 28-year-old is said to have been lined up by the Spanish club having fallen behind Emerson Palmeri in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, while it could initially be a loan deal – similar to the one that took Alvaro Morata to the Spanish capital from Chelsea last year.

Previous reports have linked Alonso with a summer move to Real Madrid but they have signed Ferland Mendy from Lyon, while Atleti landed Renan Lodi to replace Filipe Luis.

Alonso is viewed as a set-piece specialist and offers a goal threat but it is questionable if the West London club will sanction his exit.

Alonso came through Real Madrid’s La Fabrica youth system but did not make the grade in the first-team and has since represented several clubs, joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in 2016.

The former Bolton Wanderers player has been capped on three occasions by the Spanish national team but has started just five league games this season.

Italian giants Inter are also said to be pursuing a deal for Alonso, according to a report in Calciomercato.

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