Chelsea have been fighting Real Madrid to keep some of their star players in Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, however this summer the fight might be on to keep another player.
Marcos Alonso is reportedly on the La Liga side’s radar to make a surprise return to the club where he first plied his trade as a youngster.
The 27-year-old has been in superb form for Chelsea in the past to seasons since making the move back to the Premier League from Fiorentina after a spell at Bolton and Sunderland.
However, according to Spanish publication Don Balon it could be just two seasons at Stamford Bridge for Alonso with Madrid looking to re-sign him this summer.
The Champions League winners already have top left-back Marcelo on their books, however it is believed that club president Florentino Perez is keen to bring back Alonso and he could be a useful player to have with his versatility.
Madrid have more pressing issues at the moment, however, with the search on for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane surprisingly stepped down from the position.
There have been reports from Spain that the reason was due to Zidane not getting his transfer requests in Hazard and Manchester United keeper David De Gea.
Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos learns Eden Hazard ‘wants to leave Chelsea at all costs’
CHELSEA star Eden Hazard is reportedly desperate to join Real Madrid this summer.
The Belgian has been heavily linked with a switch to the Bernabeu after stalling on a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid are desperate for fresh faces, with club president Florentino Perez plotting a major squad overhaul.
Los Blancos have been linked with a string of high-profile names, including Neymar, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.
And Hazard is another name in contention as they look to bounce back from a disappointing domestic campaign.
Reports in Spain have suggested that the La Liga giants are lining up a huge offer for the 27-year-old.
According to Don Balon, a Spanish outlet famous for its outlandish transfer claims, Sergio Ramos has discovered that Hazard is keen on the move.
The tricky winger was a huge admirer of Zinedine Zidane and was hoping to work under his idol.
But despite the Frenchman’s departure from Real, Hazard still has his heart set on playing for the European champions.
Don Balon claim that Hazard wants to leave Chelsea at all costs, regardless of who comes in to replace Zidane.
Antonio Conte’s side endured a miserable title defence and finished fifth in the Premier League last season.
And the Blues will likely struggle to hold on to their star players after failing to qualify for next year’s Champions League.