According to the latest reports, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have given up the chase to sign Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso in the summer transfer window as they consider the Spaniard to be too expensive.
Diego Simeone has always been renowned for his tremendously defensive style of approaching football games because the Argentine manager sets up his Atletico Madrid team in a very pragmatic manner. The La Liga giants finished in 2nd place on the La Lga table behind winners Barcelona but are looking to add some more quality to their ranks in order to compete with Real Madrid and the Catalonian outfit as well.
Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis has been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano in the summer transfer window and Atletico Madrid wants to find a natural in the position and is eyeing up a swoop for Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, who is out of favor at Stamford Bridge.
Alonso joined the Blues three seasons ago from Serie A club Fiorentina back in the summer of 2016 and played a major role in Chelsea’s Premier League triumph in his debut season in West London. Alonso also won the FA Cup and Europa League across his next two seasons with Chelsea but is still considered surplus at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old saw his game time reduce drastically towards the latter half of this season when Emerson Palmieri was the more preferred option. Although Alonso still has a stunning left foot and is great in attacking positions, he is often found defensively liable.
Alonso could provide some solidarity for Atletico Madrid on the left-hand side of the pitch as he is better utilized as a wing back but the RojiBlancos are not willing to meet Chelsea’s €40 million evaluation of the Spaniard, who initially began his senior career in the Spanish capital with Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid will now look at different left back options in the summer after reportedly pulling out of the race for Alonso.
I doubt that Alonso would be open to a move to Atletico Madrid following his previous connections with Real Madrid. More so, Alonso might not be a good fit under Simeone because of his defensive flaws.