Following a humiliating loss to Leeds United on Sunday, Chelsea is said to have threatened FC Barcelona.
With just over a week left before the transfer window closes, the Stamford Bridge team’s business in the market appears to be unfinished as some exits are anticipated. The Blues had a weekend to forget as they were destroyed 3-0 by Leeds at Elland Road.
Left-back Marcos Alonso is one of those who is most likely to go in the upcoming days. The Spaniard has an agreement in place to join FC Barcelona, according to manager Thomas Tuchel, but the transfer has been delayed because of the Catalans.
The 31-year-old has not been used by the German manager since the start of the season as he waits to complete the transfer, and it is said that the Londoners are growing impatient with the Blaugrana’s poor progress in finalizing the transaction.
The Daily Express reports that Chelsea has now warned Barca to finish the Alonso trade by the end of next week if they still intend to close the deal.
According to Sport, Mateu Alemany, the club’s transfer head, has not yet made room in the team’s pay budget for the fullback. The LaLiga giants are rumored to be in a critical need to offload players in order to comply with the financial fair play rules for the Spanish top flight.
According to reports, the transfer price would cost £8.5 million (R171 million), and the player has also agreed to a pay cut in the three-year contract he is about to sign.
Meanwhile, it’s been stated that Barcelona has chosen to hold off on new acquisitions until they can acquire new defender Jules Kounde. To pay for Kounde, they will need to generate money via player sales, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay among those rumored to be leaving.
It is also alleged that the Blaugrana are looking into less expensive Alonso replacements, with Celta Vigo’s Javi Galan, who would make far less money, being linked.