What with a miserable 3-2 opening day home defeat to Burnley, a sulking Diego Costa still stinking the place up, not to mention a depleted first team away to Spurs at the weekend, it’s fair to say Chelsea’s prospects for the coming season are a tad worrying.
Hoping to spice things up in the transfer department however, the Blues have made a mega money move for Juventus and Brazil star Alex Sandro. Indeed the Turin side, having already waved goodbye to both Dani Alves (PSG) and Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) over the past few weeks, have rejected a mammoth £73m bid – that is if Italian website Calciomercato are to be believed.
Quizzed at the beginning of the week whether he was contemplating the exit of his key player, Juventus boss Aleggri rebuffed any possibility of Sandro seeking pastures new – commenting “Alex Sandro is a Juventus player and he will stay one,” . As convincing as the Italians sentiments have seemed, the fact that Turin icon Bonucci felt his services were better felt by rivals Milan would suggest he would, in fact, be powerless to guard his defender if a big enough offer was made.
Having curbed his spending since an initial early 2000’s squad blow-out, the most cash owner Roman Abramovic has spent on a single player to this day is the £50m paid to Liverpool for the services of Fernando Torres. Given that the Russian Oligarch is prepared to release £73m of transfer funds for a defensive player, albeit a premium price in the age of such ludicrous tv money, such a deal would suggest the clubs hierarchy have concerns over being left in the wake of their rivals’ stellar transfer windows.
Claiming 7 caps for his home country Brazil, Sandro has appeared for the Old Lady on 64 occasions since a 2015 move from FC Porto – a period which has seen his stock climb immensely. A famous partner in crime to fellow Brazilian Dani Alves on the opposite wing-back position during Juve’s title charge last term, Sandro possesses a highly saught after ability to join attacks with exemplary dribbling skills as well as a penchant for playing key passes
Having claimed 6 Seria A titles in a row, however, Sandra may believe its in his interests to stay with the Italian outfit given their domestic dominance, especially given the Blue’s less than convincing display against Burnley.