Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hearing of uncertainty over the future of wing-back Marcos Alonso with Barcelona reportedly pursuing the 26-year-old.
According to Don Balon, the Catalan giants have identified the Real Madrid academy product as a replacement for Jordi Alba with manager Ernesto Valverde unconvinced by the quality of the current Spaniard occupying the left side of his defence.
Both Alba and Arsenal player Nacho Monreal are ahead of the uncapped Alonso for the national team, but that apparently has not deterred Valverde and Barca may launch a bid for the former Bolton Wanderers man when the transfer window reopens in January.
It is perhaps surprising that Barcelona are looking for new recruits following a stellar start to the new campaign that has yielded seven wins out of eight in La Liga- their only dropped points coming in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid. They have also won their opening two Champions League fixture, defeating Juventus 3-0 and narrowly overcoming Sporting Lisbon 1-0 at Estádio José Alvalade.
However, Alonso’s reputation has soared since he swapped Fiorentina for Chelsea in August 2016 with a series of impressive performances contributing to the Blues Premier League title triumph. This year has proved more challenging for Antonio Conte’s team- the 2-1 reverse at lowly Crystal Palace last time out making it back-to-back losses- but Alonso has continued to acquit himself well and scored a wonderful free-kick in August’s 2-1 win at Tottenham.
So one would think he’d be a big loss to Chelsea? Here’s how the Stamford Bridge faithful reacted to the prospect of him leaving…
Take him, please
— James Savage (@james_sava) October 17, 2017
Exchange him for Jordi Alba, now that's a good deal.
— Shonik (@Shonik14) October 17, 2017
— M-RY (@M_RY_7) October 16, 2017
Oh heeeeelllll nnnaaawwww
— Huss (@HusseinRahal_) October 17, 2017
i'll take him there ,worst left back we've had
— . (@mulumbou) October 16, 2017
Give us a certain Argentine & they can have Marcos
— Rnjn (@IAMRnjn) October 16, 2017