Marcos Alonso has already delivered his verdict on Ben Chilwell as Chelsea close in on £50m deal

Chelsea have made some big moves in this summer’s transfer window.

Hakim Ziyech was first to arrive from Ajax in a £33.4m deal that was agreed all the way back in February, while the Blues sealed Timo Werner’s signature ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United before the 2019/20 Bundesliga season concluded.

That is two big statements as both players will significantly improve and increase competition for places in attack as Frank Lampard’s side look to improve on a fourth-place finish in 2020/21.

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Attentions have now turned to Chelsea’s problem position.

Left-back has proven to be an issue for Lampard thus far as Emerson Palmieri and Cesar Azpilicueta were preferred to Marcos Alonso at times during the course of the 2019/20 campaign.

However, before and after the season was temporarily suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Spaniard had forced his way back into the Blues head coach’s plans.

He scored in the 2-1 win against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur as well as netting a brace against Bournemouth to keep the west London outfit in the driving seat to seal a top-four finish.

And after lockdown he was a regular fixture in the side, playing in his favoured left-wing back role, and helped the Blues seal Champions League qualification as well as starting the FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal.

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Although, Chelsea have been expected to bring in reinforcements at left-back long before the window officially opened.

As revealed by earlier in the year, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell has always been the club’s first-choice option, despite links to the likes of Porto’s Alex Telles and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.

With the west London outfit now closing in on a £50m deal for the defender, it was only a couple of months ago when it appeared that signing Chilwell had…


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