Chelsea are looking at possible destinations for left-back Marcos Alonso this summer as they look to raise funds for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.
That’s what Estadio Deportivo report today, covering Sevilla’s interest in the defender and why they have a good chance of getting him.
They explain that Chelsea are keen to ‘renovate’ at left-back this summer and are thus looking to sell Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.
This is so they can ‘make money’ and meet Leicester’s asking price for Chilwell, which they claim is an eye-watering €90m – a figure which has been stated elsewhere, particularly in England.
Anyway, they’re already negotiating with Inter Milan over Palmieri, but there is nothing firm for Alonso as yet.
However, the idea of returning to Spain ‘takes hold’ of the Spaniard as he fancies the idea of playing in the country after time in Italy and England.
His preference would be to play for a club playing in Europe, which Sevilla can offer as they’ve qualified for the Champions League.
They are also an attractive destination for the Chelsea man because of his father, who once managed the club and would be ‘delighted’ to see his son playing for them.
The problem lies in the ‘cost of the operation’, as Alonso has a high value.
ED use Transfermarkt’s €18m valuation as an example – while he also earns a ‘high’ salary at Stamford Bridge.
Thus, Sevilla ‘need an effort from the player’ to make the move happen, with the ‘most feasible’ option being a loan with an option to buy.
That at least would free Chelsea of Alonso’s salary, although it wouldn’t give them the cash they need to sign Chilwell.
Either way, as far as Estadio are concerned, Sevilla are a fit for Alonso, and he fits them, it is just a case of the money stopping any deal at present.