Atletico Madrid are closing in on the capture of Marcos Alonso from Chelsea, according to reports.
Alonso has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent months. His gametime was already decreasing even before Ben Chilwell joined the club in the summer.
Hence, the Spaniard was linked with a departure while the transfer window was open. Nothing materialised before the October deadline, but now his future is coming into question again.
The January transfer window will open imminently, and it could give Alonso the chance to move on.
Atleti want to strengthen their full-back areas after Kieran Trippier was banned. Alonso plays on the opposite side, but would still help bolster their ranks.
A move to Atletico would mark a return to his hometown for Alonso, who previously made one La Liga appearance for cross-city rivals Real Madrid a decade ago.
Diego Simeone was keen on bringing in Alonso even before Trippier’s ban, and could now resurrect that pursuit. In fact, Marca believe a deal is close.
Previous reports had suggested that Crystal Palace wanted to sign Alonso. However, it seems his future lies back in Spain.
Atletico close to loan deal
It may not be a permanent exit for the left-back. The original report from The Independent suggested they would use a loan formula.
Either way, it is clear that Alonso needs to find more gametime elsewhere. He has played just three times in the Premier League this season, with his last appearance coming back in September.
He was taken off at half-time in that game, when they were losing 3-0 to West Brom. They eventually claimed a draw, but not before Frank Lampard had reportedly ripped into Alonso at the break.
Alonso, who has just turned 30, is still under contract with the Blues until 2023.
If the Spaniard does leave, then Emerson Palmieri will stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season at least. He too has been linked with an exit.
For example, Napoli are reportedly eager to sign him in January. They may face disappointment in that pursuit if Alonso moves on first.