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Alonso linked with Newcastle move

Marcos Alonso could be in line for a summer move to Newcastle United.

That is dependent though on the Saudi-led takeover of the North-East club going ahead, which is by no means certain because of doubts as to whether they meet the Premier League’s “fit and proper” ownership criteria. The 29 year old is valued at around £26 million, and without the backing of their prospective new owners, Newcastle would not be able to afford him.

Alonso’s future at Stamford Bridge has been cast into doubt with the club weighing up making an offer for Leicester and England full-back Ben Chilwell, despite the fact that he still has three years left on his current contract.

He has not been a guaranteed starter under Frank Lampard this season, havening to compete with Emerson Palmeiri and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta for the left-back spot.

The North-East is already familiar to Alonso. He spent a spell on loan with Sunderland in 2014.

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