Chelsea forgotten man Marcos Alonso will be joining Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.
A loan deal between the two clubs is close to being agreed for the Spaniard, according to MARCA.
Diego Simeone is eager to strengthen at full-back after Kieran Trippier was handed a 10-week worldwide ban for breaching the Football Association’s betting rules.
The left-back, who is under contract at Chelsea until 2023, has not featured since being hauled off at half time in the 3-3 draw at West Brom in September.
A fresh start in the Spanish capital awaits Alonso, who will likely be at home in Simeone’s five-at-the-back system, which could free Yannick Carrasco to cover on the opposite flank for Trippier.
The England international is currently eligible to return to action for the Madrid derby against Real on March 7.
Simeone’s search for cover could result in a second Premier League player heading to the Wanda Metropolitano next month.
Arsenal’s versatile ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been linked with a loan switch to Atletico.
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