Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has looked to address his squad’s shortcomings in defence by moving for Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso.
According to Sky in Italy, Conte wants the former Bolton and Sunderland defender to provide cover for Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic.
Real Madrid youth product Alonso can also play on the left of midfield or at centre back and is seen as a more-achievable transfer target.
He played 31 games in Serie A last season, scoring three goals and providing four assists as part of one of the Italian top flight’s meanest defences.
AC Milan have told Chelsea that their classy centre back Alessio Romagnoli is not for sale while the Blues’ summer-long pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is yet to bear fruit.
‘[By the end of the window] I hope to have some more players than now.’
MARCOS ALONSO STATS
2008–2010 Real Madrid B
2010 Real Madrid
2010–2013 Bolton Wanderers
2014 Sunderland (loan)