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Are Chelsea selling Marcus Alonso this summer?

Thursday 22nd June 2017
With Chelsea close to signing Juventus left-back Alex Sandro this summer, their current incumbent Marcos Alonso could be fearful of his place ahead of the new season.

The Spaniard greatly impressed in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge after signing from Fiorentina for £24m, making 31 Premier League appearances from a possible 38 under manager Antonio Conte.

But with Chelsea willing to pay up to £60m for Sandro, will Alonso be sold?

Exit talk surprising given his debut season

After being left on the bench for Chelsea's first two Premier League games of 2016/17, Alonso was brought on as a second-half substitute in September's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal and has never looked back. Conte started the campaign with a 4-1-4-1 formation, leading to Alonso and Victor Moses as unused substitutes. But after Conte changed the shape to a 3-4-3, the two players were brought in as wing-backs and helped Chelsea to a 13-game winning streak.

Marcus Alonso played a full 90 minutes in 28 Premier League games for the title-winners last season, in which he was never on the losing team. He helped Chelsea to 15 clean sheets in his debut campaign and scored and created nine goals too. Alonso averaged a tackle or interception every 26 minutes while whipping in over 100 crosses. He's been solid at the back for Chelsea and the club didn't have to break the bank to procure his signature.

Squad rotation role could be a deal-breaker

Marcus Alonso will be keen to stay at Chelsea after a near perfect first term in London, but the potential arrival of Sandro will mean stiff competition for a starting place. Conte could well be strengthening the side to compete in the Champions League next season, but he will have to make a choice on which player will be first-choice in each competition. Marcus Alonso resurrected a fledgling career in England with Bolton after making a name for himself at Fiorentina so he won't want to risk going stale due to inactivity.

If Chelsea is willing to pay £60m for a left-back, it's unlikely he wouldn't be starting next season which could cause Alonso to consider his future. Neither player will want to be sitting on the bench every week in the Premier League, even if they were featuring in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League, so it's hard to see the pair of left-backs being happy if they're directly competing for a starting place.

Chelsea's lack of transfer activity should see them focus on more pertinent targets

Reports from the Chelsea camp have revealed Conte's frustration at a lack of transfer activity this summer. The Londoners won the Premier League title and were FA Cup finalists but haven't managed to bring in any new players ahead of the new campaign. It could be argued Chelsea's time is better served strengthening the weaker areas of the side rather than sign a replacement for a player who hasn't put much of a foot wrong so far.

The Londoners need to sign a striker and have been eyeing up the likes of Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski. Chelsea are reportedly in a bid for a central midfielder too. Left-back is low on their list of priorities this summer, especially given how little movement they've made in the market so far. Alonso is more than good enough to lead Chelsea into 2017/18.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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