Chelsea’s move for Alex Sandro has stalled due to the heavy asking price by Juventus. Coach Antonio Conte is very much sold on the idea of having Sandro so the Serie A champs want big money for him. The Italian side told Chelsea an inflated asking price when they enquired about their player, with the hope that the Blues would make them a good offer. However, Conte and his team are quiet.
Chelsea are still in four competitions: the Champions League, where they would have to battle high flying Barcelona in the Round of 16; the Premier League, where they are looking for a top four finish preferably behind Manchester City; the EFL or Carabao Cup, where they play Arsenal over two legs in the semi-finals; and the FA Cup, where their second string side would have to see of Norwich in the replay.
Conte wants Sandro but he would have to cough off heavy bucks to get the Brazilian. Juventus are demanding bids in the range of £60 million, which is far more than what Chelsea are looking to offer for the 26-year old. Juve asked for almost £80 million during the summer but Chelsea backed away. Conte is frustrated with the whole transfer market situation but he needs reinforcement badly.
Aside Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United have a soft spot for Sandro. However, Chelsea are the likely side to get him. Sandro will provide competition for Marcos Alonso. The Blues can loan out Kenedy to Newcastle United while Sandro and Alonso compete for the left wing back role. Aside Sandro, there are links to Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham and Alex Telles of Porto. Having gotten Ross Barkley in the middle, Conte is looking at other areas that require strengthening like the centre forward role.