Chelsea hoping to offload Marcos Alonso in order to complete Ben Chilwell transfer

Chelsea have prioritised the signing of Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and the club will offload Marcos Alonso to make space for the potential new arrival.

The Blues have conceded defeat in attempting to persuade Leicester to sell Chilwell in January, so will redouble their efforts in the summer.

Boss Frank Lampard will be handed a massive transfer warchest and the £50m rated left-sided defender is his number one priority, according to ESPN.

England left-back Chilwell, 23, and midfielder Hamza Choudhury, 22, both missed a training session last week and were internally disciplined by Leicester.

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But that has not put Chelsea off the star, who has earned rave reviews helping the Foxes to third place in the Premier League table.

Chilwell has made 18 Premier League appearances for the Foxes this season and has won 11 England caps since making his debut in 2018.

Alonso, meanwhile, has found himself out of favour with Lampard for most of the season with Emerson Palmieri favoured in the most part.

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Inter Milan were reportedly interested in the former Real Madrid defender earlier in the transfer window.

As the transfer window enters its final hours, Lampard looks likely to leave all his major business until the summer after enduring a frustrating month of negotiations.

Lampard publicly slammed his defence for letting ten-man Arsenal mount a comeback to secure a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League outing.

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He said: “When you go 2-1 up with five minutes to go you have to get the basics right. We gifted them their first goal and the second goal was also soft.

“For a right-back to be able to cut inside and roll it into the far corner is too soft. We have to be honest about that.

“We’re in fourth…


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