Chelsea have bizarrely set an asking price of around £54million for clubs to seal the transfer of in-form left-back Marcos Alonso in the next few days, according to latest reports.
The Blues cannot sign any new players until January as that deadline for Premier League clubs passed earlier this month, but La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga teams still have a few days left.
Alonso is one player whose future has been in some doubt as his fine form at the start of this season attracts rumoured interest from Spain’s big two.
The latest from Don Balon is that Real Madrid are considering a late move and that Chelsea could be open to selling if they receive an offer in the region of £54m.
Another recent Don Balon report also linked the 27-year-old as a transfer target for Barcelona, stating he’d be open to a return to La Liga.
This is a bit worrying for Chelsea fans as they’ve already seen goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois poached by Madrid this summer and surely cannot afford to lose more of their biggest names from a side that finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
A crucial attacking outlet from defence, Alonso’s pace and quality on the ball make him a valuable option at left-back or wing-back, and this attack-minded style makes him seem ideal for new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Losing him now, with no replacement able to come in for the next few months, seems a hugely risky move, with the £54m they could bank from the sale hardly looking worth it.