Marcos Alonso was a deadline day transfer for Chelsea last season. After failing to acquire a new left-back throughout the summer in 2016, Chelsea turned their attention to the Spaniard and paid Fiorentina £25m for his services.
Marcos Alonso had previously played in the Premier League for Bolton and Sunderland. However, he failed to make a mark on both occasions and Chelsea’s move for the player was considered to be a panic buy.
The 27-year-old went on to enjoy a productive season for the Blues and helped them clinch the Premier League title with some excellent performances at the left-wing back. With Chelsea playing 3-4-3, Alonso was given a license to bombard up and down the left wing without worrying about the defence too much.
Gary Cahill would push out every time Alonso moved up, thus freeing the Spaniard temporarily of his defensive services and the 27-year-old linked up with Hazard to create a majority of Chelsea’s chances.
Chelsea were looking to add further depth to their squad last summer but the lack of right players at the right price meant that Antonio Conte entered the season with just one recognized left-wingback if we discount Kenedy, who had been average at best. However, Alonso calmed the fear of the Chelsea manager by scoring two goals at Wembley to give Chelsea a 2-1 win against local rivals Tottenham, one of them being a world-class freekick to beat Hugo Lloris.
Alonso’ dynamic rise to the top has interested Manchester United in acquiring his services. The Old Trafford outfit has been impressed by him and might be ready to offer as much as around £70 million for his services.
Mourinho sees Alonso as a long-term replacement to play in the left wing back position at United. The Red Devils’ playing style with fullbacks going in on the overlap will suit Alonso’s game whose attacking talent has plenty of prowess to succeed at United. However, Alonso has been known to lack defensive skills and perhaps that is what has stopped him from getting into the Spanish national side until recently.
Alonso at the age of 27, however, has time to grow in stature and should he improve the defensive aspect of his game, the Spaniard can become an ideal modern day full back for any team.
The problem, however, is that even if United do want to him, it is unlikely that Chelsea will sell their star senior left back. Moreover, even if they do, what ludicrous price will they set for him in the already inflated transfer market?
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