Chelsea have signed Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina on a $30 million transfer that will keep the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge through 2021. The defender brings a deadly left foot and three generations of footballing excellence with him to London.
The 25-year-old left-back has championship lineage in his blood. His grandfather played eight seasons for Real Madrid and his father played for several years in Spain’s top flight, including stints with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona. Both father and grandfather represented Spain at the international level.
Alonso’s move from a middling Serie A team to perennial Premier League and Champions League contender is an undeniable power move.
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.
Like all modern fullbacks – Philip Lahm, Marcelo, David Alaba, Jordi Alba – Marcos Alonso has a penchant to get forward and attack, netting five goals in 85 appearances with Fiorentina.
Alonso is an important addition in Chelsea’s never-ending arms race with Manchester United and Manchester City. It’s early in the season, but the three mega-clubs have achieved some separation as the only teams to start their Premier League campaigns with three consecutive wins.
Marcos played in the Premier League as a 19-year-old with Bolton Wanderers and also spent part of the 2013/2014 season on loan to Sunderland, where he played in the League Cup final against Manchester City and delivered a deadly volley that helped Sunderland snap Jose Mourinho’s 77-game undefeated streak in league play at Stamford Bridge.
Marcos Alonso’s signing is unusual in that most players who are signed or shipped off on Deadline Day come over or leave on loans or low dollar value transfers. His $30 million price tag is more indicative of an offseason deal that’s been scrutinized and negotiated than an 11th hour transfer, but when you’re (Antonio Conte) spending someone else’s money (Roman Abramovich), fuck it, go nuts.