Marcos Alonso is on loan from Chelsea to join Atletico Madrid in January
Do you remember Marcos Alonso? He’s still a Chelsea player, and a Chelsea player with a pretty long contract too: 2.5 years the club signed him, which looks pretty silly now long-term contract extension two years ago.
To be fair, it seemed like a smart move at the time as he had ruled Chelsea’s left flank for the past 2.5 years. But soon after that he would lose his place, first to Emerson under Sarri, then to Cesar Azpilicueta last season and now to Ben Chilwell. And while Alonso was initially considered a replacement for the new addition to the left full-back, this has been since (call it not-a) fallout with Lampard Post West Brom. The 29-year-old has not seen a single minute of play since the first half of the 3-3 draw and has only been on the bench four times, all in the Champions League, where everyone is on the bench.
All of this to say that of the players who are part of the bloating on the sidelines of the roster, Alonso is the most marginalized of them all.
Given the financial nature of his contract position, a January or July transfer is fairly unlikely, and even a loan would likely require a Chelsea wage subsidy. And that’s indeed part of the rumor emanating from Spanish rumor-makers El Chiringuito, who claim that Alonso will come to Atletico Madrid for a half-time loan this January, with Chelsea paying half his salary.
Marcos Alonso isn’t exactly the first left-back one could imagine for a team coached by Diego Simeone, but our next Champions League opponents have played a little more proactive football this season – and currently lead the La Liga great success. Their ridiculously good defense remains well intact (by far the fewest goals conceded in La Liga with just 5 so far) and they are behind Barcelona and Real Madrid on goals scored, only 2 and 1 respectively.
As silly as the rumor sounds at first, it’s not as silly this season as it has been in previous seasons. Atleti plays center-back Mario Hermoso on the left and prefers him to young Renan Lodi. Meanwhile, right-back Kieran Trippier, once from Tottenham, has just been convicted of betting fees and blocked for 10 games. Alonso is not a right-back but he could add depth to a more versatile player on the other side, for example.
Or, all of this can just be nonsense, which it likely is, like the vast majority of transfer rumors.