The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited by reports linking their side with a move for Alex Sandro. The Brazilian defender is undoubtedly one of the best left-backs in the world, and the talk from the Mirror is that a £50 million move could be on the horizon. However, our landlord thinks that it would be a mistake for the Blues to bring him in.
Sandro is, of course, a well-known name around Chelsea circles, with a high-profile chase for the Brazilian occurring over the summer. On that occasion, it ended in failure, but in that disappointment, Chelsea have found salvation. Indeed, though the left-back spot was not upgraded with new personnel over the summer, it has enjoyed a rebirth this term – with Marcos Alonso emerging as one of Europe’s best left-backs.
The Spaniard was a consistent, if unspectacular member of the Chelsea first team last season, but this year, he has come to the foreground. Whether it be his goals, of which he already has 6 in the Premier League, or his defensive quality, Alonso has come on leaps and bounds this year. He’s deadly from set pieces, and mistakes appear to have disappeared from his game – making him, in many ways, the perfect left wing-back.
Bringing Sandro in, then, makes little sense. Sure, the prospect of back-up for Alonso is a topic worth discussing, and Chelsea would be wise to bring in a bit more depth in the role, but Sandro – and indeed his supposed £50 million fee – isn’t where their attention should be placed. They would be far more wise to look at a far cheaper, perhaps even lower quality option, allowing Alonso to continue to flourish, whilst also bringing in the necessary back-up.
If Sandro came in, he would come in to play every week – and that would mean the end of Alonso’s stint in the first team. Chelsea can’t afford to do that, as he is just too valuable to them. They should look elsewhere.
Chelsea fans – will Sandro sign? Should he sign?
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