Madrid Pair Square Up Over €30m-Rated Chelsea Star

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Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between the two Madrid clubs, claims Spanish newspaper AS.

Despite scoring the winner in the weekend’s 3 – 2 victory over Arsenal at the weekend, the report claims Atletico and Real can sign the 27-year-old for €30m.

After graduating from La Fabrica, Real’s youth academy, Alonso moved to Bolton Wanderers where he spent three seasons which earned him a move to Fiorentina in 2013.

Six months with Sunderland on loan were the precursor to two successful seasons with La Viola in Serie A, whom he left in the summer of 2016.

Noted for his attacking vibrancy and defensive consistency, Alonso is a crowd favourite at Stamford Bridge and news that he is available will cause consternation among the fans, despite the winning start made by Maurizio Sarri.

Both Madrid clubs have been keeping an eye on Alonso since he moved to Stamford Bridge. The need for a left-back is more urgent at the Metropolitano. Filipe Luis, 33, is the target of PSG’s attentions and Alonso is the ideal solution for the Brazil international.

However, loaning Theo Hernandez to Real Sociedad leaves a vacancy at the Bernabeu where Alonso previously worked with former head of La Fabrica and now head coach, Julen Lopetegui.

The problem both clubs have is Chelsea hold the whip hand. English clubs can no longer add to their squads. So, despite a willingness to sell, any injury problems suffered in the next week could scupper any deal.