Atletico Madrid are reportedly set to sign Marcos Alonso on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
According to Pipi Estrada in his appearance on El Chiringuito TV, Marcos Alonso is set to make his way to Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. The Spanish heavyweights will sign the Chelsea outcast on a half-season loan deal, with the Blues paying half his wages.
Alonso joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 and was an instant hit in Antonio Conte’s successful system in the 2016/17 season. Since then, though, the Spaniard has been a hit and miss player for the Blues, with inconsistency plaguing his game.
Things reached a head towards the end of last season, when Ben Chilwell emerged as a target for Chelsea. With the Blues managing to secure the services of Chilwell in the summer, Alonso’s time as a regular for the club effectively came to an end, with Emerson Palmieri, whose own future is uncertain, now the deputy. The 29-year-old’s situation, though, has now alerted Atletico Madrid.
The interest from Los Rojiblancos is interesting, considering Renan Lodi has impressed since arriving at Wanda Metropolitano in the summer of 2019. However, recent reports suggest that the Brazilian has emerged on the radar of Manchester City, meaning Atletico Madrid could be forced into the market for a left-back.
In the instance of Lodi leaving, Diego Simeone would be left with young Manu Sanchez and Mario Hermoso as his only options for the left-back slot. Alonso could, therefore, be a risk-free capture, considering Atletico Madrid are only offering to sign him from Chelsea on a half-season loan deal.
The claims from Estrada further suggests that Chelsea will pay half of Alonso’s wages, although it will be interesting to see if the Blues indeed do so. Meanwhile, the Spaniard has also been linked with a possible switch to Crystal Palace.
For now, it looks like Alonso has emerged on the radar of Atletico Madrid, with Estrada going so far as claiming that the former Real Madrid man will return to the Spanish capital in the January transfer window. What now remains to be seen is if the 29-year-old indeed makes his way to Wanda Metropolitano, with his Chelsea career evidently headed nowhere.