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Chelsea’s recent co-owner and acting sporting director Todd Boehly has came upon whether he’s in a position to persuade Marcos Alonso to stay at Stamford Bridge, similarly to how club captain Cesar Azpilicueta turned down interest from Barcelona to sign a recent contract on the club. The 32-year-old defender looked more likely to move back to his homeland because the Blues targeted several recent recruits for Thomas Tuchel’s backline, but made a U-turn on his future to sign a recent two-year deal earlier this month.

The American owner reportedly ‘convinced’ Azpilicueta to return on a transfer pact he made with former chief Marina Granovskaia which allowed him to depart the club this summer, but Boehly abolished the previous regime’s policy of only handing out one-year contract extensions to players older than 30 as Azpilicueta put pen to paper on a multi-year deal.

Boehly can have hoped to do the identical with one other of his experienced defenders in Alonso, who has also been pushing for a move to Barcelona and was unnoticed of the squad that won 1-0 away to Everton in Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season. Nevertheless, Boehly has been unable to persuade Alonso to remain and fight for his place with Ben Chilwell and recent signing Marc Cucurella, in keeping with reports.

Spanish outlet Sport have claimed that Alonso has reached an agreement in principle on a three-year contract with the Catalan club but must wait until Barcelona resolve their dispute with La Liga over with the ability to register their recent signings.

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The deal could possibly be concluded for a fee of lower than £10million, and it’s claimed that any possible transfer between the 2 clubs for Frenkie de Jong could be a separate operation.

Chelsea alongside Manchester United have been pursuing the Dutch midfielder this summer, though the player still doesn’t appear to want to depart the Spanish side without resolving a financial issue.

The 24-year-old is owed between £14-17m in deferred wages by Barcelona and shouldn’t be more likely to leave without receiving the cash in full, however the club have been reluctant to grant De Jong’s demand and the cash-strapped side have still been attempting to lift funds this summer by selling the Dutchman.

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