Inter Milan have hit a stumbling block in their bid to sign Marcos Alonso, with Chelsea demanding almost double what they are willing to pay for the Spaniard.
Alonso has endured a difficult season at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard, seemingly losing his starting place at left-back to Emerson Palmieri.
And reports suggest Inter boss Antonio Conte is now looking to take advantage of the situation by targeting a January reunion with his former defender.
Conte, who guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in the 2017/17 campaign, brought Alonso to west London at the start of that season.
Yet according to Goal , progress over a deal has stalled over Chelsea’s £30m asking price.
It is believed Inter were hoping to take Alonso on a six-month loan deal that includes an option-to-buy clause of £17m.
The Serie A outfit, then, will have to increase their offer significantly if they are to strike a deal with Lampard and co.
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Inter boss Antonio Conte is seeking a move for his former defender
Alonso has racked up 134 appearances for Chelsea since completing a £24m move from Fiorentina, scoring 19 goals.
But his potential exit could pave the way for Nathan Ake’s return, just two-and-a-half years after he left the Blues in a permanent switch to Bournemouth.
Ake, 24, started his professional career at the Bridge and made 17 sporadic appearances in five years.
Alonso’s Chelsea exit could pave the way for Nathan Ake to return
Nevertheless, the Dutch defender spent most of his time out loan, meaning he decided it was time to leave for good in the summer of 2017.
In the £20m deal that saw him join Bournemouth, though, Chelsea inserted a £40m buy-back clause that gives them first refusal in any bidding war for Ake.
And they are said to be considering a…