Chelsea eye another swap deal as Barcelona 'hope' to complete transfer by Monday 12 days ago

Marcos Alonso had been expected to depart Stamford Bridge this summer but Chelsea are now looking to use his sale beat their rivals in the race for a new wing-back

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 24: Sergino Dest of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on April 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Barcelona are "hoping" to complete the signing of Marcos Alonso from Chelsea by Monday with the Blues looking to secure a move for Sergiño Dest in the opposite direction.

Alonso is understood to have already said his goodbyes to team-mates and staff prior to Chelsea's opening day visit to Everton.

The Mirror report that the Catalan giants were planning to delay Dest's sale in order to drive his £17 million valuation as high as possible.

However, Chelsea are now thought to be using Alonso's departure to gain an edge in the race for Dest, who is also of interest to Erik Ten Hag and Manchester United.

With Todd Boehly known to be an advocate of swap deals, reports claim that movement around the future of Dest is expected within the next 48 hours.