The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for their side to land Alex Sandro, and so a recent report from the Telegraph has come as a pretty sizeable blow.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea’s move for Sandro has stalled after Juventus demanded up to £80 million for his transfer, pricing the Blues out of a move. The deal is said to now be very unlikely, barring a change of heart from Juventus, with Chelsea considering alternatives as a result.
The news is eerily reminiscent of Chelsea’s quest to land the Brazilian defender over the summer, with the Blues clearly falling short in their quest to improve the left-hand side of his defence on that occasion.
One player that, according to the Telegraph, Chelsea are considering moving for, in place of Sandro, though, is Porto defender Alex Telles. An offensive left-back with bags of pace and flair, Telles does share a number of traits with Sandro in that regard. He’d certainly be a decent fit, but Chelsea are clearly still hoping that Sandro could become available.
Indeed, it’s beginning to look like another window of waiting for Antonio Conte, with the Italian likely to be holding his breath and hoping that his team is able to deliver the goods, be that in the form of Sandro or Telles.
Telles would be a good fit, but he’s a clear downgrade on Sandro. Sandro is one of the best left-backs in the world, and whilst Telles is decent, he’s in a class blow Sandro.
That being said, the move does have merit, in that whilst you’d expect Sandro to demand a starting berth, Telles would likely come in as second-choice, initially at least.
It wouldn’t be fair to drop Marcos Alonso after such a stellar start to the season for the Spaniard, and so perhaps this move makes sense for Chelsea.
That being said, like the deal for Sandro, it’s far away from completion for Chelsea.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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