As per a report from Spanish outlet Marca, Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has set his sights firmly on a move back to Spain this summer.
Opinion-splitting left-back Alonso has been on the books of Chelsea since the summer of 2016, when he made the move to Stamford Bridge from Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
The Spaniard’s first two seasons in England proved a major success, as Alonso’s role as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system made full use of the stopper’s talents.
Alonso’s offensive exploits proved particularly-impressive, as the former Bolton and Sunderland man directly contributed to a hefty 18 goals in the Premier League across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns combined.
The first of these seasons, meanwhile, also saw Chelsea clinch the English top-flight title.
This past season, however, proved a different story altogether.
After being shifted back to an orthodox full-back position under Maurizio Sarri, Alonso’s form took a nosedive.
Sloppy in possession and shaky-at-best defensively, the thrice-capped Spanish international looked an absolute shell of the driving force that he once had down Chelsea’s left-flank.
In fact, as the season drew to a close, Alonso often found himself confined to the bench, as Emerson impressed under Sarri.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Marca, his uncertain role over the closing months of the campaign has proven a decisive factor in Alonso coming to the definitive decision to depart Chelsea this summer.
The stopper is said to have an offer on the table from Atletico Madrid, which Alonso his ‘given the green light’ to.
Despite his Real Madrid past, the Spaniard is said to be extremely keen on a move to the Wanda Metropolitano, with Atleti known to be in the market for a new left-back following Lucas Hernandez’s departure.
One major stumbling block, however, is a potential transfer fee.
With Chelsea facing a transfer ban this summer, it would likely take a huge offer to tempt the Blues into parting with Alonso.
As such, Marca conclude by stating that:
‘Although Alonso has given Atletico the green light, it is not going to be easy to pry him away from Stamford Bridge.’