Chelsea has signed the defender Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina on the final day of the transfer window.
Alonse has moved to Antonio Conte’s side on what is believed to be a five year contract for a fee of £24 million.
After the deal was announced Alonso said that he was “very happy” and described the move as a “step up in my career”. He went on to say that he thinks Chelsea is the perfect place for him to develop as a player and hopefully win some titles.
Alonso said that the move was an “easy decision” once he had heard that Chelsea was interested in signing him.
He said that Chelsea is the club that he has always dreamed about playing for and as a result he is “really excited about the challenge” and he is “looking forward to working with my new teammates”.
This is Alonso’s third stint in the Premier League having played for Bolton from 2010 to 2013 and then spending a six month loan at Sunderland in 2014.
Alonso, who is just 25 years old, came through the Real Madrid academy and then represented Spain at the U19 level. He has made 75 appearances in all competitions for Fiorentina across two seasons with the club and he helped them achieve a fifth place finish in the Serie A last season.
Moving in the other direction Juventus are set to sign Cheslea winger Juan Cuardrado on loan with a view to a permanent move. Juventus has agreed to pay Chelsea £4.2 million for the season and they will pay £16.8 million next summer if they wish to make the move permanent.
Cuadrado spent most of last season on loan to Juventus during which time he scored four goals in 16 Serie A appearances.