Category: Alex Sandro

Chelsea face uphill battle recruiting Juventus star

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Chelsea face uphill battle recruiting Juventus star

Chelsea appear to be facing an uphill battle in their pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

According to Tuttosport, Chelsea have already lodged a £53M bid for the Brazil international, but that is not expected to be enough to convince his current employers to part with him.

Tuttosport believe that the Premier League champions may have to offer a fee in the region of £64M if they want to land the former FC Porto defender this summer – which is a hell of a lot for a left-back.

The Italian outlet believe that Chelsea also face interest from Paris Saint-Germain in the race to secure Sandro’s services, so Antonio Conte cannot waste any time if he is serious about recruiting him this summer.

If, as Tuttosport report, we have bid as high as £53M, what’s an extra £11M for signing one of the best full-backs on the planet. If we’re genuinely looking to challenge on all fronts next season, these are the sort of signings we need to be making. Get it done.

Chelsea set to splash £125M on three transfer targets next week

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Chelsea set to splash £125M on three transfer targets next week

Chelsea are set to spend a combined £125M on three of Antonio Conte’s transfer targets, according to the Telegraph.

The Telegraph report that Chelsea are in the process of concluding the signing of AS Monaco midfield general Tiemoue Bakayoko. It is reported that the Blues will spend £35M on the Frenchman, as Conte looks to strengthen his midfield.

While negotiations are underway to sign Bakayoko, the Telegraph believe that Chelsea have agreed a fee with AS Roma to sign centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who looks to be a direct replacement for Nathan Ake, who has joined AFC Bournemouth.

Chelsea are not done there, however. As per the Telegraph, Chelsea are hopeful that they there will be progression in their pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro next week. It is believed that we are prepared to offer a club-record £60M in order to get the deal done.

It is exciting times for Chelsea fans, hold onto your hats.

Chelsea table shock £22M bid for FC Porto left-back

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Chelsea table shock £22M bid for FC Porto left-back

Chelsea have identified their plan-B in in case they taste defeat in their pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, report The Sun.

According to The Sun, Chelsea have agreed a £60M fee with Juventus to sign Sandro, which would be a new world-record fee for a defender. However, Paris Saint-Germain are said to be gearing up to hijack the deal.

The Sun believe that Antonio Conte has prepared a contingency plan, in case they miss out in the race to sign Sandro. The tabloid report that Chelsea have placed FC Porto left-back Alex Telles on their transfer wish-list as a back-up option.

Conte looks to have already made his move, as The Sun report that the Premier League champions have already tabled a £22M bid in negotiations to sign the Brazilian.

If The Sun are accurate in their report, and we have placed a bid in that region – it seems unlikely that we are feeling confident about signing Sandro.

Juventus star’s £61M move to Chelsea is a done deal, according to pundit

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Juventus star’s £61M move to Chelsea is a done deal, according to pundit

Alex Sandro to Chelsea is a done deal, according to former USA international Janusz Michallik, as reported by the Daily Star.

Michallik spent the bulk of his career in his home country, making 44 appearances for the USA national side, before announcing his retirement from football in 1998.

Nowadays, the Polish-born 51-year-old works as a pundit for ESPN, and he appears to have delivered some news that all Chelsea fans will be delighted to hear.

When discussing Sandro’s potential switch to Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star quote Michallik revealing:

“I think it’s a done deal. There’s some question marks for me at Chelsea. I love him, I have no idea why Juventus would get rid of him.”

If his information is correct, it is very exciting for everyone with any Chelsea affiliation. Sandro is widely considered one of the best full-backs in the world, and thus convincing him to leave Juventus in order to join the Premier League champions is a major statement from Antonio Conte.

The Daily Star believe that we are prepared to part with as much as £61M in order to secure Sandro’s services, which is the sort of fee you would expect in the current, inflated market.

Chelsea set to kick-off summer spend with £95M double signing

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Chelsea set to kick-off summer spend with £95M double signing

Chelsea will complete a £95M double signing this week, according to The Sun.

The Sun believe that AS Monaco midfield general Tiemoue Bakayoko is on the verge of moving to the Premier League giants, with the Blues set to part with £35M in order to secure his signature.

Bakayoko was influential in Monaco’s success last season, his inclusion in the UEFA Champions League team of the season is testament to just how impressive he was. If The Sun are to be believed, he is going to be given the chance to replicate that good form in England’s top flight next term.

The Frenchman is not the only player who will join Chelsea next week. As per The Sun, Alex Sandro is also expected to complete a £60M move from Juventus.

Sandro is widely considered one of the best full-backs on the planet, so it would be a real statement signing if it goes through.

It is exciting times for everyone with any affiliation with Chelsea.

Man City and PSG join Chelsea in race to sign Juventus star

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Man City and PSG join Chelsea in race to sign Juventus star

Chelsea’s proposed deal to sign Juventus left-back does not appear to be as close to completion as first thought.

The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday afternoon that Sandro was on the brink of moving to Stamford Bridge for a £61M fee, which would make him the most expensive defender in the history of the game.

However, the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio has now reported to the contrary, and it doesn’t make for fond reading from a Chelsea perspective.

According to Di Marzio, Chelsea will face competition from both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Sandro this summer.

There also is no guarantee that he will leave Turin, as Di Marzio reports that there is still a possibility that he will opt to stay with the Serie A champions.

Many of us may be guilty of getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s wait for something more concrete to emerge.

Chelsea closing in on world-record deal to sign Juventus star

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Chelsea closing in on world-record deal to sign Juventus star

Chelsea are on the verge of completing the signing of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to the Daily Mail.

It did, at first, look as though it was too good to be true, but the Daily Mail report that we have actually pulled it off – the Blues are signing the Lamborghini of left-backs.

As per the Daily Mail, Chelsea are close to finding an agreement with Juventus for a fee in the region of £61M, which the tabloid note would not only be a new club record transfer fee, but also the highest figure ever paid for a defender.

What a statement signing it will be if it goes through. To upgrade on Marcos Alonso, who did not have a bad debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, with one of the best best full-backs in the world, is a real coup from the club. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of our summer spending spree.

Are Chelsea planning something special for July 1st?

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Are Chelsea planning something special for July 1st?

The July 1st theory, Chelsea fans across social media are fast becoming obsessed with it.

It’s the day that the transfer window officially opens, and the day that Nike officially become our kit manufacturer. Are they two separate things that just coincidentally coincide on the same day, or are Chelsea set to announce themselves as part of the Nike family with a BANG?

Alex Sandro, Romelu Lukaku, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Virgil Van Dijk and Willy Caballero – what do they all have in common? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, they have all been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks – but that’s not the similarity between the five of them, they are all also sponsored by Nike.

It may, perhaps, be another coincidence, but is there a reason why we haven’t announced the signing of Caballero yet? There is no third-party to deal with, he is a free agent.

Is there a reason we haven’t announced Lukaku yet? He confirmed weeks ago that he had found an agreement with his future employers, and gave a cheeky wink when asked if it was Chelsea.

Is there a reason why interest in Bakayoko, Sandro and Van Dijk appears to have intensified as we approach July 1st, with the Chelsea board having spent the majority of June twiddling their thumbs?

Maybe, just maybe, that reason is that we’re preparing to light up the footballing world on the first of next month. Let’s wait and see.

Chelsea target agrees terms with the Blues ahead of £61M move

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Chelsea target agrees terms with the Blues ahead of £61M move

Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is close to becoming a Chelsea player, according to Calciomercato.

Calciomercato believe that the Blues had a £52M opening bid rejected last week, but will now raise their offer to £61M. In the meantime, the Italian outlet believe that Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Sandro, who has rejected the opportunity to extend his Juventus deal in order to force through a move to Stamford Bridge.

As per Calciomercato, Sandro has made it clear to his current employers that he wants to join Chelsea this summer, and he may well get his wish, as Calciomercato note that Massimiliano Allegri is already looking at potential replacements.

Marcos Alonso had a good season at left-wing-back, but Sandro is one of the best players in his position on the planet, and the opportunity to sign him was one that we simply not not allow to pass by. If Calciomercato are to be believed, it looks as though this transfer is going to happen.

Chelsea prepare player-plus-cash package for Brazil international

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Chelsea prepare player-plus-cash package for Brazil international

Chelsea may offer Juventus a player-plus-cash package in order to secure the signing of left-back Alex Sandro, according to Football Italia.

Football Italia report that Antonio Conte is desperate to add Sandro to his squad this summer, with Marcos Alonso currently being his only natural option on the left-side of his defence.

However, the Italian outlet believe that Chelsea’s £60M bid may not be enough to convince Juventus to part with the Brazil international, who is now considered one of the best players in his position anywhere on the planet.

As per Football Italia, Chelsea could offer £60M plus Cesar Azpilicueta in exchange for Sandro – which, to be frank, would be utterly nonsensical.

Azpilicueta is arguably the best defender in the Premier League, and parting with him for any reason would be outrageous. We should not follow up our title success by selling one of the key cogs in our winning machine.