Chelsea willing to pay club-record £60m for left-back Alex Sandro to secure deal with Juventus
Chelsea have indicated they are willing to pay a club-record £60 million to land Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.
Fresh talks regarding Sandro’s future took place on Monday and it is essentially now down to the player whether or not he will move to Stamford Bridge. Juventus are willing to give Sandro a new contract to stay in Italy, but Chelsea are prepared to better their offer and meet the valuation placed on the 26 year-old.
Chelsea are hopeful that will be enough to secure Sandro’s signature, but they are still waiting to hear whether or not the player will tell Juventus that he wants to move to England. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.
Should Chelsea complete a £60m deal for Sandro, then it will eclipse the £50m they paid for Fernando Torres in 2011, although Chelsea are aiming to break their transfer record twice this summer.
Antonio Conte has told the Blues that they must re-sign Romelu Lukaku at any price – even if it means meeting Everton’s £100m valuation. Having told Diego Costa he is not part of his plans by text message, Chelsea head coach Conte is desperate to land Lukaku and is confident the 24 year-old can live up to any price tag.
Conte tried to sign Lukaku for Juventus during the Belgian’s first spell at Chelsea and believes he perfectly fits into his favoured systems of play, as either a lone striker or part of a front two.
Chelsea are in negotiations with Atletico Madrid regarding a return to Spain for Costa and are expected to step up their bid to sign Lukaku soon.
Everton have valued Lukaku at £100m, insisting they will not accept any less, but that has not scared off Conte who has made it clear to Chelsea that he wants the player at any cost.