Chelsea bolster dressing room with former Bolton defender signing

Marcos Alonso comes to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina

BY Sinéad Farrell 18:23 Wednesday 31 August 2016, 18:23 31 Aug 2016

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Chelsea are squeezing every last drop out of Transfer Deadline Day with the addition of Spanish defender Marcos Alonso.

As rumours of an apparent re-acquisition of David Luis continue to simmer, Antonio Conte's side have used some of that waiting time by signing the Fiorentina player for an estimated fee of €27m.

The Italian side confirmed the move on the club website today with a statement which read:

"ACF Fiorentina announce that they have sold, on a permanent deal, the sporting rights to the footballer Marcos Alonso Mendoza to Chelsea Football Club."

Alonso has also spoken about the 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."

The former Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland player becomes Chelsea's fourth signing of the summer and joins Michy Batshuayi, N'Golo Kante and Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo.

Meanwhile, it's reported that Luiz is undergoing a medical in London ahead of a move back to Stamford Bridge from Paris St-Germain.

The transfer window closes at 11.30pm tonight.





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