According to ESPN, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is prepared to sell Marcos Alonso to a suitable bidder this summer, regardless of whether Ben Chilwell is ready to return from injury.
Alonso will be one of several Chelsea players who will be entering the last year of their contracts after this season.
Following the completion of the selling process, the club must decide whether or not to offer new contracts to these players in order to avoid losing them to free transfers.
Chelsea will find it more difficult to replace Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, who both continue to play key roles under Tuchel, although the manager is reportedly open to offers for Alonso.
The 31-year-old had largely served as a reserve until sustaining a knee ligament damage in November that forced him to miss the rest of the season.
Chilwell is expected to return to the club next season, and Tuchel is optimistic that the left-back will be ready to participate at the start of the campaign.
Emerson Palmieri and Ian Maatsen, who were on loan at Lyon and Coventry City, respectively, might return to the club when their loan spells were over.
Alonso, in fact, has been linked with a move to the Catalan club.
Fabrizio Romano has said in recent interviews that, although he is willing to wait for the projected change of ownership at Chelsea, he still puts a great priority on returning to his homeland.
Chelsea are unlikely to spend much in the transfer market to recruit a new left-back in the near future, given Chilwell’s strong form before to his injury.