Chelsea are on the brink of confirming a deal to sign Leicester City left back, Ben Chilwell.
The story escalated yesterday afternoon and Chelsea are now very close to agreeing a deal to sign the England international, after completing a medical already.
Exclusive: Chelsea close to agreement with Leicester to sign England left-back Ben Chilwell. Deal now almost done. 23yo has undergone medical checks on heel injury in London (around 3 more weeks out), with #CFC kept informed on results @TheAthleticUK #LCFC https://t.co/t2XznKYCDb
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 21, 2020
In a deal that will cost Chelsea around £45m-£50m, Chilwell has always been the priority of Blues boss Frank Lampard.
So with Chilwell expected to arrive early next week, Chelsea will currently have three left backs at the club, one must leave.
That will not be Marcos Alonso, according to the reliable Sky Italy reporter Angelo Mangiante. He believes Alonso ‘will stay’ at Chelsea despite the arrival of Chilwell.
Chilwell, Thiago Silva
and Havertz. #Chelsea is ready to complete the three transfers early next week. Great players, including Werner and Ziyech.
The deal with #lcfc for #Chilwell is very close (£ 45 + 5 add ons), but before #CFC must sell Emerson (Alonso will stay). @SkySport pic.twitter.com/CtuTf8XY1P
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) August 21, 2020
This means a very likely Chelsea departure for Italian international, Emerson Palmieri, who has been linked to Inter Milan on a number of occasions.
Lampard has usually favoured Alsono over Emerson throughout the season, with the latter not really getting much of a look in.
It is also wise for Lampard to keep Alonso for his aerial ability and goal scoring threat.