Chelsea have signed defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, the Serie A club have confirmed, for a fee believed to be around £20million.
The former Bolton left-back began his career at Real Madrid and has also had a spell on loan at Sunderland.
A statement on Fiorentina’s website read: “ACF Fiorentina announces that it has sold, outright, Marcos Alonso Mendoza to Chelsea Football Club.”
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Alonso’s arrival gives Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte options at the back, with the possibility of Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back and Branislav Ivanovic playing in the centre of defence.
The Blues have also been linked with re-signing Brazil defender David Luiz, whom they sold to Paris St Germain for £50million prior to the 2014 World Cup, ahead of Wednesday’s closure of the transfer window.