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Former Barcelona left-back could become key in Marcos Alonso deal

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Barcelona’s interest in signing Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is no secret. The 31-year-old has emerged as the top target for the left-back slot for the Blaugrana heading into the new season.

Efforts are being made to sign Alonso for quite some time now but they have proven futile as Barcelona have been unable to agree a fee with Chelsea for the Spaniard.

Barcelona have thus been looking at alternatives in the market for the left-back slot, with RB Leipzig’s Angelino emerging as one such option. However, Alonso remains the Catalans priority target in the position.

And, SPORT reports that a former La Masia prospect could prove to be key in the Blaugrana’s efforts to sign Alonso. And it is none other than Marc Cucurella.

The former Barcelona academy ace moved to England last summer by signing for Brighton & Hove Albion from Getafe and enjoyed a scintillating debut season in the Premier League.

Cucurella’s form for Brighton helped him attract serious attention from English champions Manchester City, who have had an offer rejected for the 24-year-old.

With Man City reluctant to pay £50 million to Brighton for Cucurella’s services, Chelsea have now emerged as a suitor for the left-back.

The Blues are already in negotiations with Brighton over a possible transfer and could be willing to offer a player in exchange along with cash to beat City to his signing.

And if Chelsea sign Cucurella, it would clear the path for Barcelona to make a move for Alonso and successfully sign him. So, a former Barça prospect will hold the key in their pursuit of a top transfer target.

Cucurella made just one appearance for the Barcelona first team. But he could now help the club secure Alonso’s signing if he completes a transfer to Chelsea.

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