Tuesday 23 October 2018

Chelsea stall Sandro move as Juventus demand £60m transfer fee

Alex Sandro of Juventus Photo: VI-Images via Getty Images
Alex Sandro of Juventus Photo: VI-Images via Getty Images

Matt Law

Chelsea have stalled over a move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro because of the Italian club's inflated asking price.

Sandro is high on the list of players head coach Antonio Conte has recommended Chelsea sign this month as he tries to juggle the demands of playing in four competitions.

Chelsea were encouraged by the fact Sandro wants to leave Juventus and Conte's former club have made it clear they will not stand in the Brazilian's way if the right offer comes in.

But Juventus are still demanding around £60 million (€68m) for Sandro, which is more than Chelsea are prepared to spend on the 26-year-old.

Chelsea backed away from a deal for Sandro in the summer after Juventus demanded almost £80m (€90m) and a similar scenario is unfolding this month.

Heart

There could yet be a change of heart from the Premier League club if the valuation Juventus have placed on Sandro drops, but it appears Conte will be frustrated.

Manchester United and Manchester City, along with Paris St-Germain, are admirers of Sandro, and Conte will be dismayed if he ends up signing for a rival. Conte has made it clear that he does not control Chelsea's transfer strategy and last week told Italian reporters that he had become accustomed to working for clubs with "austerity programmes".

Chelsea are still looking to strengthen their left side, as Conte wants to ease the burden on Marcos Alonso.

Alonso's form makes it hard for Chelsea to justify spending a club-record fee on another left back, but they need competition in that position.

Telegraph.co.uk

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