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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given Marcos Alonso his blessing to complete a switch to FC Barcelona, according to reports.
Alonso has been at Chelsea since 2016 and has helped the club win the Champions League, Europa League and Premier League.
He is out of contract next year and has reportedly asked the Blues to let him leave this summer.
Barcelona are very interested in signing the Spaniard as Xavi Hernandez looks to improve his left-back depth.
Speaking in April, Alonso revealed his desire to play in La Liga again after failing to break into the Real Madrid first team during his time in the Spanish capital.
He said: “I would love to play in La Liga, all my life I have wanted to play and be here in Spain, but the circumstances have been different and not everything has depended on me. At the moment I am focused on this season and what has to be, will be.”
Blues head coach Tuchel has ‘given his approval’ for the transfer to go through. A deal is expected to be ‘finalised next week’.
The Premier League club are believed to be asking for around €10m and Barcelona are aiming to have the deal done in time to include Alonso in their squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.
Barca were also keen on signing Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, however, the club’s recent takeover appears to have hindered the Blaugrana’s chances.
Elsewhere, ex-Blues playmaker Joe Cole has hit out at critics of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
Cole doesn’t understand fans that can still criticise the England international despite putting in some brilliant displays over the past three seasons.
“That’s the sign of the times in it, people don’t want to admit they were wrong,” Cole said in an interview with Football Daily.
“Anyone who’s not having Mason Mount needs to just really have a look at themselves.”
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