Barca ready to battle Man United for €80million EPL star

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/05/2018

Barcelona are reportedly ready to battle Manchester United for Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso in this summer’s transfer window.

According to Don Balon, Catalans want the 27-year-old Spain international as an ideal candidate to come in and play defensive midfield despite him largely shining out wide during his time at Stamford Bridge.

With Spanish new outlet report that Manchester United have also linked with a €80million move for Alonso as Jose Mourinho is certainly looking for an upgrade on the likes of Luke Shaw and Ashley Young at Old Trafford.

Chelsea would surely rather not sell to a Premier League rival after seeing how well Nemanja Matic has done since swapping the Blues for the Red Devils last summer.

The dethroned Premier League Champions will struggle to hold on Alonso once Barcelona showed interest in the left-back if they miss out on a top-four spot this season and thereby fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Barcelona have already won La Liga and Copa del Rey but the Catalans will be vying to lift European competition next season with arc-rival Real Madrid in the final of this season tournament.