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Sevilla luring Marcos Alonso with Champions League football, family connections — report

Factors at play

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Just last week, there were reports that Sevilla have a keen interest in signing Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso, and according to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla’s football director, Monchi has started formulating a strategy, subject to certain conditions, in order to do just that.

First off, Sevilla are banking on the COVID-19 pandemic keeping other suitors away. While Alonso has been playing a few matches as of late, he’s far from an undisputed starter, and Sevilla could provide that option for him. Of course, the dynamics could change if other clubs get involved, but they are remaining hopeful for now.

Another factor that plays into every footballer’s mind is the opportunity to play in the Champions League. Sevilla qualified for next season’s competition courtesy of a fourth place finish in La Liga, and they’re hoping that makes them more enticing for the 29-year-old as well.

Last but certainly not least, Sevilla are using “family pride” as a tempting factor. Alonso’s father, Marcos Alonso Peña managed there for 28 games from 1999 to 2000 and is still fondly regarded at the club — with the youngest Marcos living and growing up in the city during that time as well.

Of course, financial constraints mean that Sevilla won’t be able to spend big and they will propose a loan with an option to buy. If no other club makes a move for Alonso (or even Emerson), this could be the best option Chelsea have.

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