Barcelona have reignited their interest in Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso, according to reports in Spain.
The 30-year-old played just 17 matches across all competitions for the Blues in the 2020-21 season, scoring two goals from the left-hand side.
But with LaLiga outfit Barcelona looking to move Junior Firpo on this summer, Mundo Deportivo claim they have approached Champions League winners Chelsea over replacing him with Alonso.
The Spain international was involved in 10 Premier League matches following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge but still largely played second fiddle to Ben Chilwell.
But it was an improvement on his previous situation, when he was largely frozen out by the German’s predecessor Frank Lampard.
And the Spanish outlet claim Alonso’s constant omission from the squad under Lampard led to a loan offer from Barcelona in January, with the Catalan giants even agreeing terms with the player.
However, the report adds the move eventually failed to go through because Barcelona could not offload former Real Betis star Firpo, who is now said to be drawing Premier League interest from Leeds, West Ham and Southampton.
The same outlet claims Barcelona’s have held a long-term interest in Alonso and want him to compete with first-choice left-back Jordi Alba for a place in Ronald Koeman’s side next season.
The Camp Nou outfit however could face competition from Serie A champions Inter Milan, the report adds.
Mundo Deportivo claimed earlier this week the Italian giants were preparing an offer for Alba, having lost Ashley Young to Aston Villa on a free transfer and with Aleksandar Kolarov’s deal at San Siro set to expire at the end of the month.
Alonso has a contract with the west London club until 2023, having put pen to paper on a fresh five-year deal back in October 2018.
The former Real Madrid, Bolton and Fiorentina defender has won four trophies at Stamford Bridge, including the 2016-17 Premier League, the FA Cup the following season, the Europa League in 2019, and this season’s Champions League.