In Focus: Chelsea should not entertain Barcelona Alonso talks next week

Barcelona are planning to ask the availability of Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso ahead of next week’s Champions League clash, according to Don Balon.

What’s the word?

Alonso has certainly revived his career at Chelsea having helped the team secure the Premier League title last season.

The former Bolton Wanderers player has slotted in perfectly to the wing-back role at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso proved to be a key player in Antonio Conte’s team in the 2016-17 campaign, but in recent weeks he has been missing through injury.

Next week, Barcelona will arrive in London next week for their Champions League last-16 first leg against Chelsea, and according to Don Balon, officials are hoping to find out about Alonso’s availability during their trip.

The report claims that Barcelona are keen to replace Lucas Digne and think that Alonso would provide decent competition for Jordi Alba.

How should Chelsea react?

If it is true that the Catalan giants intend to bring up the subject of a possible transfer prior to a crucial Champions League game, then Chelsea should only respond in one way – refusal.

The focus should solely be on the match, and even though Alonso would not be party to the discussions, word can spread quickly.

None of the players need to be distracted by transfer rumours ahead of a game that could shape their season.

If Chelsea refuse to talk about Alonso’s future, then they will show Barcelona that they will not be bullied in the summer transfer window.

The wing-back remains an important part of the team, and the club should not entertain any talks.