- After leaving him off the list against Everton, Tuchel explained that “Marcos has asked me to leave and we agree”
- Barca will close his signing for about 8 million and the player will sign two years, plus an optional one, and could pass the medical review between Monday and Tuesday
Marcos Alonso, 31 years old, is in the final stretch to become the sixth signing of FC Barcelona for the 2022-23 season, after the additions of Kessié, Christensen, Raphinha, Lewandowski, and Koundé. After saying goodbye last Friday to the employees of the sports city of Chelsea, as reported by KG, yesterday he took another step in his sequence towards the Camp Nou. Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s manager, first left him out of the squad to face Everton, complying with the player’s own request to avoid any risk of injury, and after the match, which ended with a 0-1 victory for the Blues, he confirmed his departure. “ Marcos Alonso has asked me to leave and we agree”, explained the German coach of Chelsea. “It didn’t make sense for him to play today,” added the German coach.
After agreeing with Barca on the terms of his contract -two years, plus an optional one- in the meeting that his agent, Fali Ramadani, held with the Barça representatives at the Ciutat Esportiva last Wednesday, the only thing left is for the two clubs to finish to close his transfer, although it is not ruled out that the agreement could even reach tomorrow since the two parties are clear that it is not convenient for them to prolong it any longer. Taking advantage of the fact that he only has one year left on his contract with Chelsea, Barca has been forced to get a transfer below 10 million and could set it at eight million.
Cucurella activated everything
After Chelsea closed last Friday the signing of former Barca player Marc Cucurella -who made his debut against Everton yesterday- as a replacement for Marcos Alonso, everything has accelerated in the last few hours. Marcos Alonso, who unlike César Azpilicueta has remained firm in leaving him for the Camp Nou, was even willing to claim the ‘transfer request’ to force his departure from Stamford Bridge. After 12 years away from home, the Madrid winger also wanted to return to Spain to be close to his family, which is why he did not hesitate when Xavi offered him the possibility of signing for Barca. Her wish is closer to being fulfilled. It only remains for Barça and Chelsea to finish off the details.
I would pass a medical check-up this Monday or Tuesday
After Chelsea agreed to Marcos Alonso's request to let him out, Barca accelerated their contacts with the 'blue' club in the last few hours. After Azpilicueta's 'No', who preferred to renew for two seasons with the 'blue' club, Barca set the signing of Marcos Alonso as a priority, as they considered that for the right-back they had options within the squad with Dest, Araujo and the newly incorporated Koundé. The Barca club has acted quickly and, barring a setback, could close the deal today. In fact, if nothing breaks, the forecast is that Marcos Alonso can travel to Barcelona to undergo a medical check-up tomorrow or, at the latest, on Tuesday. With the incorporation of the Madrid international, Jordi Alba will have more competition this season, after the Barca club failed to find a replacement for him in recent years