Chelsea have given up hopes of signing Alex Sandro giving Manchester United a clear run in the race for the Brazilian’s signature
Chelsea started off the January transfer window with a bang as they signed Ross Barkley. The English international came in for a fee of £15 million and brought an end to the long-standing saga. However, it seems like Antonio Conte’s joy in the transfer market was shortlived.
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calcimercato.com says that Chelsea will no longer be pursuing £53 million-rated Alex Sandro. The Brazilian left-back has been one of Antonio Conte’s priority signings. Chelsea made several offers for the 26-year-old but Juventus didn’t soften their stance that the player is not for sale. It was also reported that the player is keen on a move to the Premier League and is feeling unsettled at the Juventus Stadium.
Alex Sandro has not had the best of season. Massimiliano Allegri has constantly rotated him at the left-back/left-wing back spot with Kwadwo Asamoah. Seeing nowhere near the game time he saw last season, Sandro has been limited to 12 appearances in Serie A.
Juventus chief executive, Giuseppe Marotta recently talked about Sandro situation at the club. He said, “Juventus’ policy is that if a player asks to leave, we won’t hold him back.” He added, “We know there is interest from big clubs in Alex Sandro, but at the moment there are no negotiations.”
Of course, Chelsea is one of the big clubs that Marotta talked about with Manchester United being the other. Now that Chelsea has given up on Alex Sandro, Manchester United will get a clear run at the Brazilian. Alex Sandro is seen as the solution to Mourinho’s troubles as the Portuguese looks to fill the left back spot with a player he can trust game in and game out. Also, given the financial clout at Old Trafford, Mourinho will have no qualms about spending the £53 million that Juventus is demanding.
Alex Sandro is a great attacking left-back. It would not be a stretch to say that he was the second-best left-back in the world last season, only behind his compatriot Marcelo. The player has been unsettled in Turin and as has been the trend in this transfer window, unsettled players tend to get their move sooner rather than later.
It has come as a surprise that Chelsea has dropped their interest in him given Conte’s insistence. It will be worth a watch if Manchester United does make a move for Sandro. Will Chelsea just sit back and watch their top target move to their direct rival?