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Inter Milan Set To Raid Chelsea In Pursuit Of Talented Fullback: What Should The Blues Do Here?

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Jack O’Brien
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According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan are ready to swoop in Marcos Alonso. The Chelsea left-back has been targeted as an ideal alternative for Federico Dimarco, and Inter are considering a move in the upcoming January transfer window. Alonso’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in 2023, and the player has been linked with a return to Serie A in the past.

Marcos Alonso’s Mixed Time At Chelsea

Marcos Alonso has endured a topsy-turvy career in England since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2016. He has notched up 175 competitive appearances for the Blues, scoring 25 goals while producing 18 assists.

In addition to his productivity, the left-back has won some of the most prized silverware in football, including the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup. He also won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea.

At the same time, Alonso was often considered as a maligned figure at Stamford Bridge due to his inconsistency coupled with his lack of defensive traits that saw him move behind in the pecking order under Frank Lampard.

That has changed under new coach Thomas Tuchel, but Alonso continues to divide the fanbase over his consistency and skill. And with his contract expiring in 2023, it is time for Chelsea to make a definite decision over the fullback’s future at the club.

Inter Milan are ready to swoop in Marcos Alonso - Does he have what it takes?
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea take a throw-in during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Should Chelsea Offload Alonso?

Marcos Alonso has had to endure his fair share of criticism since joining Chelsea in 2016. But there has been a noticeable improvement in his game under Tuchel, with the Spaniard even becoming the club’s number one left-back in the new season.

In fact, the former Fiorentina starlet has featured in six Premier League games already, scoring one goal while assisting another. His consistent performances out wide have kept Ben Chilwell on the bench, though the Englishman did feature in the latest fixture against Southampton.

Alonso, nevertheless, remains a crucial component in the Chelsea backline, which needs reshaping in the upcoming January transfer window. Especially in central defensive, the club may require reinforcement amid the uncertain futures of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta, who is also in the final phase of his career.

In that respect, it might not be a prudent option for Chelsea to offload Alonso, whose potential departure will force the club to find a new left-back and sign centre-backs that can replace the likes of Rudiger and Silva for the long term.

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