Inter Milan are reportedly prepared to challenge Chelsea’s resolve with a bid for one of their first-team stars.
The Blues have a number of squad outcasts due to Thomas Tuchel’s no-nonsense style. The German changed things up to great effect following his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January.
Players including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmieri have all spent plenty of time on the bench.
One man whose luck seemed to be out was Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard was used as Ben Chilwell’s backup and looked set for a summer transfer.
Inter were linked with a move which failed to materialise before the August deadline.
However, their interest has not ended and they could return for the left-back in January.
Italian journalist Niccolo Ceccarini, who writes for TuttoMercatoWeb, states that Inter are once again hoping to land Alonso.
They are ‘back in force’ for the 30-year-old and are prepared to ‘attack’ Chelsea with a major bid.
Tuchel will be reluctant to lose Alonso as the player has turned things around this season. He has put in some solid displays on the left hand side as part of the Blues’ great start.
He opened his account for the campaign by scoring against Crystal Palace on August 14.
A free-kick was won in a dangerous area and Alonso proceeded to beat the keeper with a stunning strike.
He was then joined by Christian Pulisic and Trevor Chalobah on the scoresheet.
Alonso also registered an assist in the 3-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham. He put in a great corner which was converted by Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.
Alonso was dropped for Chilwell in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Southampton. It proved to be an eventful game for his replacement, as the Englishman gave away a penalty before scoring a powerful strike.
Tuchel reacts to disallowed goal
Tuchel has explained his thoughts on Timo Werner’s goal which was chalked off against Saints.
The German forward headed home from a Callum Hudson-Odoi ball, sparking wild celebrations among the Chelsea faithful.
But it was not to be for the 25-year-old as referee Martin Atkinson ruled it out. Cesar Azpilicueta was adjudged to have fouled Kyle Walker-Peters in the build up.
Tuchel said: “I was very angry because I could never believe this could happen in the Premier League where you would go back to a 50/50 that wasn’t even in close connection to the goal.
“I understood before the season that we didn’t want soft touches, that we wanted a contact game.
“We are here today in the middle of London in the rain in an intense game but the ref disallowed the goal.”