Chelsea have stalled over a move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro because of the Italian club’s inflated asking price.
Alex 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 he 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 for Alex Sandro, which is more than Chelsea are prepared to spend on the 26-year-old.
Chelsea backed away from a deal for him in the summer after Juventus demanded almost £80 million and a similar scenario is unfolding this month. 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 all admirers of the left-back, 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.