Chelsea are close to signing Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports report that the Italian side have accepted an offer of £24m for the defender and Alonso is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Antonio Conte’s side. Fiorentina had been said to be holding out for £27m after rejecting an initial offer of £20m from Chelsea.
The 25-year-old has made 75 appearances for Fiorentina during his two seasons with the club and helped them to earn a spot in this seasons Europa League with a 5th place finish in Serie A last year.
Alonso has had two previous stints in the Premier League with Bolton and Sunderland. Alonso spent three seasons with Bolton between 2010 and 2013 but couldn’t help them avoid relegation in 2013. The Spaniard then had a six-month loan spell with Sunderland for whom he appeared on 20 occasions.
The left-back will give Conte options in defence alongside full-backs Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta. Alonso isn’t blessed with natural pace but has the ability to read the game well and offers great crossing ability when he pushes forward.
Alonso is a product of Real Madrid’s youth system and has represented his country at U-19 level. His sole appearance for Real Madrid’s first team came as a 90th minute substitute against Racing Santander in 2010.