Chelsea’s long search for a defender finally ended after Marcos Alonso joined the Blues from Fiorentina on a five-year contract in a deal reportedly worth around £23 million.
Fiorentina confirmed the deal on their official website on Wednesday afternoon in a statement, which read: “ACF Fiorentina announce that they have sold, on a permanent deal, the sporting rights to the footballer Marcos Alonso Mendoza to Chelsea Football Club.”
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The English club later confirmed the deal and Alonso said: “I’m very happy. It’s a step up in my career and I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing. It’s time for me to win some titles.
“It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard the club were interested in signing me. My family and close friends know Chelsea is the club I have dreamed about playing for so I’m really excited about the challenge and I’m looking forward to working with my new team-mates.”
Alonso, 25, has already enjoyed spells with Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland in England, and so the Premier League would not be a new ground for him.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was desperate to bolster his leaky defence and after being frustrated in his pursuit of a number of Serie A defenders, Alonso became one of the top targets.
Alonso becomes Chelsea’s fourth senior signing of the summer, joining Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante and Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo at Stamford Bridge, and Conte is still chasing a centre-back before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.
Chelsea have reportedly enquired about the availability of West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna, who worked with Conte at Juventus.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s another target David Luiz is also looking to pen a deal with the Blues. He was seen arriving in London on the deadline day.