Marcos Alonso is pressuring Chelsea to let him leave for a new Serie A experience with Inter, according to the latest Italian media reports. Having previously played for Fiorentina from 2013 to 2016, the 30-year-old Spaniard is no stranger to Italian football.
He is battling for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge, especially if Emerson Palmieri remains in the middle of a contract dispute with Napoli. Chelsea wants €15-20 million for Alonso’s football transfer, while Inter would prefer a loan with a buy option, as per La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
Alonso had previously been linked with Inter as part of Chelsea’s bid for Achraf Hakimi, but the full-back instead joined Paris Saint-Germain. His contract with the Blues expires in June 2023 but reports in Italy suggest he is urging Chelsea to let him leave. Alonso joined the London club from Fiorentina in 2016 for a €23 million transfer fee. Roma had also expressed interest before agreeing to terms with Palmeiras for Matias Via.
On the noise surrounding the Spaniard’s next move, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel told the official website of the club, “It’s not easy to fully ignore it but I tried to. Maybe he was simply lucky because I knew him since he played in Fiorentina and I was in contact with him a little so I followed his career a bit.”
“Marcos is an intelligent and calm guy, full of self-confidence but he’s well aware of what he can do and what he cannot do. We decided in the first game to play a back three and to have the wing-back positions, which suits his profile perfectly. He was experienced and I had pictures in my mind of what he could give to the team in this position.”
“He showed his quality and from then on every day is a pleasure to have him because he’s a top professional guy. I’m very happy that he took his chance. He never lost faith in himself and when we arrived he was physically ready to play at the highest level so it’s a credit to him and now he has to keep on going.”