Real Madrid plotting summer swoop for influential Chelsea star

Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso has emerged as a major target for Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

The 27-year-old emerged as one of the few bright spots for Chelsea in what was a disastrous Premier League title defence for Antonio Conte’s men.

The Blues ended up finishing fifth, even missing out on the Champions League places, although they did salvage their season a little by winning the FA Cup.

But with Conte’s future still up in the air and Roman Abramovich out of the country with visa issues, it would appear that Chelsea players are fair game at the moment – indeed star midfielder N’Golo Kante could be on his way to PSG.

As for Alonso, Don Balon states that Real and Barcelona are battling to land the Spain star this summer.

However, they say that it is the Madrid giants who are leading the race to sign the left-back, with president Florentino Perez desperate to land defensive reinforcements.

The report goes on to state that the Blues are keen to cash in on the player and that Real are confident of landing Alonso in the coming weeks.

For his part, Alonso recently revealed that he is only concentrating on Chelsea amid talk of an exit.

He said: “I have not considered that possibility [of leaving Chelsea]. I just try to give my best to my team.”

Chelsea monitoring the progress of Napoli youngster

Chelsea is said to be keeping tabs on Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara with concerns over the long-term future of N’Golo Kante.

Reports from Paris United in France have claimed that the Napoli star is one of the players Chelsea could swoop for this summer if Paris Saint-Germain approaches the Blues for Kante.

Diawara becomes the latest Napoli player to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Maurizio Sarri the club’s preferred choice to replace Antonio Conte.

The midfielder is very much seen as one for the future in Naples, having only played in a rotational role under Sarri last season.

Piotr Zielinski, Gonzalo Higuain, Elseid Hysaj and Kalidou Koulibaly have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge with reports suggesting a deal to bring Sarri to London is picking up the pace once again.

There had been concerns that a deal to hire Sarri had fallen through, with his departure from Naples complicating the process, all while Conte remains in charge at Chelsea.

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