Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso may have no choice but to leave Stamford Bridge to find regular playing time if Ben Chilwell joins Chelsea from Leicester.
The English man is understood to be a key target for the Blues despite the ongoing transfer ban and his potential arrival could lead to the exit of one of Chelsea’s Premier League-winning stars.
According to The Telegraph, if the move materializes, Alonso could be relegated to third choice at the club as Frank Lampard already prefers Italy international Emerson Palmieri at left-back.
Marcos Alonso, 28, made his debut for Spain last year and could seek a move to Spain if Chelsea decide to replace him. The left-back started for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday after playing no part against Watford in the Premier League last weekend.
When Lampard was asked why he chose Alonso for the game, he replied, pointing out Emerson’s condition: “He played well at the weekend, he did a lot of work in those 90 minutes so we’re protecting him a little bit.
“Marcos has done well when he’s been playing so I’ve got good options there.
“It just made sense to err on the side of caution with him.
“Similarly with N’Golo [Kante], I keep saying he’s played so many games in the last four years to such success so he was getting little niggles.
“I want to give him a bit of love and a bit of care, that’s part of it.
“He’s had a good week or so training, he’s got good running in him and the tools, so it’s a good time to be on the bench.
“We need him because he’s world class, everyone knows that.”
Meanwhile, Alonso was replaced by Reece James in the second half after failing to impress against Ajax.