While César Azpilicueta urged them to go away before signing a two-year Chelsea contract (YES DAVE! ), Marcos Alonso’s long-rumored and long-expected transfer looks to still be on. This suggests that business between (or involving both) Chelsea and Barcelona is not yet over.
Fabrizio Romano asserts that it is now “really close” and is just awaiting Thomas Tuchel’s approval, while Gerard Romero maintains that Alonso remains the top target at full back. As a result, it stands to reason that Barca can complete the deal as soon as they can pull a few more magic levers on the magic money tree. Despite our overall irritation with the Blaugrana, one would assume that any transfer fee we would demand would not be too high.
Alonso’s departure from Chelsea should be finalised by the approaching arrival of Marc Cucurella (see also: Emerson Palmieri), capping a hugely successful, trophy- and goal-filled six years for the 31-year-old at Stamford Bridge.
🚨🚨| Marcos Alonso is FC Barcelona's top priority for left-back.@gerardromero [🎖️]
— Managing Barça (@ManagingBarca) August 4, 2022
Barcelona are really close to signing Marcos Alonso! Talks are progressing well with Chelsea after Cucurella deal completed, personal terms agreed months ago. Been told it's now really close. 🚨🔵🔴 #FCB
Parties waiting for Tuchel's green light but now finally confident. pic.twitter.com/wsBV6aYTu7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 5, 2022