Barcelona rival Real Madrid for transfer of Chelsea star who could replace Manchester United target

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Barcelona are reportedly ready to rival Real Madrid for the transfer of Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso as they look to strengthen in defence this summer.

Both clubs seemingly view Alonso as an ideal signing at centre-back, with Ernesto Valverde perhaps about to face problems in that area of the pitch.

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Don Balon suggest Barca could move ahead of Real in the battle for the Spaniard, with Valverde keen on a more experienced option at the back over youngster Yerry Mina.

Another issue in central defence could be the unresolved future of key player Samuel Umtiti, who seems unwilling to sign a new contract at the Nou Camp.

Sport (translated by Sport Witness) claim United have been in touch about signing the 24-year-old, who could earn more money with a move to Old Trafford.

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Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is being eyed for a transfer by Barcelona

Alonso’s versatility means he could adjust well to playing centrally for Barcelona, but it’s clear he’s a different style of defender from Umtiti altogether.

Chelsea will also be desperate not to sell such an important member of their first-team after a difficult season as it’s now vital they keep the core of their squad together to rebuild next year.

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