Chelsea have spent the entire summer transfer window being linked with interest in signing a new defender and midfielder, as manager Antonio Conte deals with the challenge of returning the Blues to the top four in the Premier League. Despite securing only two new arrivals over the past couple of months, Chelsea are now reportedly set to land Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan and Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina in a £48 million double deal.
Croatian international Brozovic has fallen behind in selection at the San Siro recently, with newly appointed boss Frank De Boer deciding to sign Joao Mario from Sporting instead. The 22-year-old has been linked with several major clubs in the Premier League, and Chelsea are understood to be preparing a £25 million offer to secure the transfer quickly ahead of their rivals.
Spanish left-back Alonso is a familiar name for many English supporters, having played for Bolton Wanderers for three seasons, as well as spending half a season on loan with Sunderland, helping the Wearside club to remain in the Premier League in 2014. Although La Viola are reluctant to sell one of their starting defenders, a £23 million approach is expected to be enough to allow Alonso to move to Stamford Bridge.