London’s Evening Standard claims the Blues recently submitted a £73m bid for the 26-year-old but with the Italian champions rejecting the offer, Antonio Conte’s chances of strengthening his squad with the Brazilian lie in Sandro submitting a transfer request.
There’s no sign yet that the left back with seven caps for his country is willing to follow that path, which is serving only to increase Conte’s frustration. The Chelsea hierarchy has made no secret of their concerns over the Italian’s future with several recent reports claiming that he had issued ultimatums regarding transfers.
Following the shock opening day defeat at home to Burnley cost the Chelsea coach the services of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas following their dismissals. It strengthened his argument that his defence lacks depth and it needs addressing, particularly if Conte is to retain his favoured 3-4-3 formation.
German international Antonio Rudiger joined for £29m from Roma but is the only defensive addition so far. Conte is looking at bringing in wing backs with an ability to cross consistently to maximise Alvaro Morata’s effectiveness.
Despite Conte’s current frustration, the bookmakers still think the deal will go through with Chelsea evens favourites to complete Alex Sandro’s signing this summer.