Inter Milan may be out of the running for Olivier Giroud, but another older and under-utilized Chelsea player may be on their January shortlist. A report this morning from Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Inter manager Antonio Conte and Inter CEO Beppe Marotta are “teased” by the idea of Marcos Alonso, and not just because of his dreamy good looks.
Inter, who doubled their lead at the top of Serie A this weekend from 1 point to 2 points as Juventus lost to Lazio, are continuing to deal with a long list of injuries at various midfield positions — including Kwadwo Asamoah. That has led to Cristiano Biraghi having to handle the left wing-back role of Conte’s 3-5-2 mostly by himself lately, which as we may recall from our Conte days, isn’t a viable solution, especially across multiple competitions.
Or as Gazzetta’s Google Translate puts it, “it’s impossible to think of betting only on Biraghi”. Impossible!
Enter Marcos Alonso, who shined in Conte’s system at Chelsea but has increasingly fallen out of favor, first with Sarri and now with Lampard as well. Alonso did sign a new five-year contract just 13 months ago — mistaaaaake — which could prove a massive hurdle for any potential January move, or any move in the near future for that matter, but if there is a will (from all involved), maybe there is a way.