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Alonso's father: "Fiorentina are very, very close to Marcos."

Michael Regan

The Marcos Alonso contract situation rages on. The defender, who has really come into his own at Bolton Wanderers this season, is out of contract in just over a month. Dougie Freedman has maintained that Bolton Wanderers will try to keep the young Spanish left back but will not break the bank to do so.

Fiorentina have been the likely suitors for Alonso over the course of the last five months and had made a bid during the January Transfer window. Stoke City jumped in at that point and also tabled a bid. Bolton decided that offers from all parties were too low and they would chance their hand at the end of the season and try to keep Alonso at the Reebok Stadium.

Now, it looks like Alonso's stint at Bolton is coming to a close. With just three matches left in the season and the possibility of playoffs looming, it's all coming to a head. Alonso's agent is his father, Marcos Alonso Peña, a Barcelona and Atletico Madrid great with more than 20 senior Spain caps to his name. He spoke to Italian site tuttomercatoweb (via Sky Sports) about the possibility of his son moving:

"Yes, Fiorentina are very, very close to Marcos.

"We were in Florence for the first time in December, to speak with the Viola.

"But now Marcos wants to finish this season quietly with Bolton, trying to do his best professional job to bring the club into the Premier League."

According to the tuttomercatoweb story, it seems that the deal is just about done. The only thing missing is the signature.

Fiorentina were rumored to have offered Alonso double what his current Bolton contract is plus the opportunity to play in Europe. La Viola are currently in fourth in the Serie A table, in a Europa League place.