Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his defence after becoming increasingly disillusioned with recent performances from his side. The Portuguese identified versatile Blues full-back Marcos Alonso as a player to reinvigorate his back four.
Speculation mounted over the weekend about the future of England international Luke Shaw, 22. Substituted at half-time during the 2 – 0 win over Brighton, Shaw was heavily linked with a move to Leicester City and Southampton. Tottenham are also rumoured to be monitoring his situation.
Mourinho is keen to raid his former club again as he looks to remodel his squad into a title-challenging team. The signing of Nemanja Matic earlier this season proved a rare stroke of genius in the transfer market by the Portuguese.
It’s believed a fee of £70m will prise the 27-year-old Alonso from Stamford Bridge, capping a meteoric rise in his career.
After failing to break into the Real Madrid side, Alonso moved to Bolton Wanders and spent three seasons with the Trotters before moving to Serie A side Fiorentina in 2013.
A spell at Sunderland on loan aside, he enjoyed four campaigns with the Viola before joining Chelsea in 2016 in a €30m deal, going on to be an integral part of the club’s Premier League title-winning season.
Despite criticism of his play this season, Alonso is stronger than any of United’s current full-backs, including Ashley Young whose performances have impressed Mourinho to the extent that the United boss triggered a contract extension which keeps the England international at Old Trafford until 2019.