Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone wants to bring Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso to the Spanish capital this summer as the Rojiblancos look to rebuild their backline.
Goal understands that Alonso would be interested in a move back to his homeland but that the Blues will not sanction any sale until a new manager is appointed.
Even then a move may prove unlikely with Chelsea keen to keep as much of their current squad together as possible given the likelihood that FIFA’s transfer ban will block them from signing any replacements.
Simeone faces a busy summer in the transfer market, particularly in defence, with Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin and Juanfran’s departures from the Wanda Metropolitano all having been confirmed.
Former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis has also allowed his contract to run down and is set to leave on a free transfer ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
And while Simeone is first prioritising the signing of a right-back – with a €25 million (£22m/$28m) bid for Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo having already been knocked back – bringing in a player to play on the opposite flank is also high on his wishlist.