ATLETICO MADRID are preparing to launch a surprise raid for left-back Marcos Alonso in January, according to reports.
Alonso was a key component of Antonio Conte’s side clinched the Premier League title last year.
And he has also been a regular starter this term with 16 appearances.
However, spanish publication El Gol Digial are reporting that Atletico are keen on taking the wing-back to his hometown of Madrid.
It suggests that the Blues will make an approach for Atletico’s highly-rated Beligum midfielder Yannick Carrasco.
But Diego Simeone would apparently want Alonso as a makeweight in the deal.
The capture of Alonso would divide opinion among the Atletico supporters.
The Spaniard started his career at cross-city rivals Real, but only made one appearance at the Bernabeu.
The report also suggests that Chelsea’s interest in Tottenham left-back Danny Rose could push him down the pecking order.
The Blues were heavily linked with the England international all summer but a move failed to materialise.
If their interest is rekindled in January, then Alonso could become surplus to requirements and allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.
Atletico already deploy a formation of three at the back, allowing full-backs to bomb on down the wings.
This would suit Alonso who is currently successfully operating as a wing-back.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and David Luiz’s fall-out is no surprise – Martin Allen
DAVID LUIZ and Antonio Conte’s fall-out at Chelsea was obvious to see.
Allen believes the signs have been there for everyone to see in recent weeks.
“I watched Chelsea against Roma at Stamford Bridge and seeing David Luiz play the Claude Makelele holding midfield role,” Allen told the Daily Mail.
“It was no surprise after seeing him running all around the pitch in areas where he should not have been going that he was substituted in the 57th minute.
“Afterwards, the manager, Antonio Conte, said he had a calf injury.
“But then he was fit for the following game on Saturday against Watford.
“It was obvious things were not right unless Chelsea’s backroom staff can heal a calf injury in three days.”
The experienced coach also went on to praise Conte’s attitude when it comes to dealing with player disruption.
“But the one thing I like about Conte is the team always comes before the individual,” Allen continued.
“He stands his ground, shows no weakness in his leadership and his values, principles and the culture he has set is unwavering.”