There’s apparently just one teensy weensy minor detail left to sort out for Marcos Alonso’s move back to Spain, to Atletico Madrid specifically.
That detail? A transfer fee.
Oh, and a salary. But otherwise it’s all done, right Marca?
So two things. Only the two most important things for any transfer.
“How does the starting job at job at Atletico Madrid sound, Marcos? Would that be agreeable? Yes? DONE!”
That said, Alonso leaving Chelsea is neither a new rumor nor is it all that outrageous. He’s been linked with a return to Spain ever since finding great success as Antonio Conte’s left wing-back, with this specific rumor first surfacing a couple weeks ago after long-time Atleti stalwart and one-time Chelsea left back, Filipe Luis confirmed his departure. With his diminishing role under Sarri culminating in not taking any part in last night’s Europa League final — his replacement, Emerson, provided the key assist for Chelsea’s opening goal — Alonso could indeed be open to a change of scenery.
However, as Marca belatedly acknowledge as well, the 28-year-old’s contractual situation will not make any transfer an easy proposition. He signed a new five-year deal at the start of the season, with wages that Atletico are unlikely to match. That sets him up well for pretty much the rest of his career. Given Chelsea’s uncertain transfer situation, Atletico’s chances of negotiation a bargain deal are pretty low as well.
But this is probably not the last time we hear this rumor.