Chelsea ready fresh bid to complete fifth summer signing

Chelsea are set to come in with a second offer for Juventus defender Alex Sandro, according to Italian journalist Luca Marchetti. Sandro has been on the wish list of manager Antonio Conte throughout the summer, and there was even the possibility of breaking the club’s transfer record to sign the 26-year-old. Yet, it is understood that Chelsea made a £53 million offer yesterday, but it was immediately turned down by Juventus. According to TuttoMercato Web Radio, Marchetti said:

“Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is not a person who is unbalanced, so I think Sandro will stay at Juventus. But I think Chelsea will try to make another attempt, so we can say that Juventus could be under attack from Europe.”

The media reports about a £60 million initial offer are untrue, as Chelsea are now preparing for a second offer that is expected to be just below the £60 million figure. Juventus have been steady in their ambitions to keep Sandro, who has become one of the top fullbacks in the last couple of years. The Blues brought in Marcos Alonso for £25 million last summer, but the general consensus is that they have not replaced Ashley Cole even now.

Sandro was signed from Porto for around €26 million in the summer of 2015. He has especially flourished in the wingback role. Last season, he scored three goals and set up four in 27 league appearances. Chelsea have been criticised for weakening the squad over the summer.