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Chelsea To Begin Fresh Talks In Attempt To Sign Brazilian Defender

Chelsea are not giving up on their interest in Alex Sandro, with the club set to continue their approach for the Juventus player this Monday morning, as reported by The Telegraph.

The full-back has been linked with the London club for much of the summer and Chelsea have shown their intent on nailing down a transfer for the Brazilian sooner rather than later.

Understandably given the pedigree of the player in question, Juventus are hesitant to part ways with Sandro. The 26-year-old has enhanced their defensive solidity while also supplementing their offensive pedigree, during what was a stellar season for ‘The Old Lady’.

In winning the Serie A and the Coppa Italia this year, the club enjoyed much success but have a very clear criteria to fulfil before they will consider they will be satisfied. That success is, of course, in the form of a Champions League glory, which eluded them so emphatically this year.

In reaching the final against Real Madrid, the club could at least demonstrate that they are assuredly among Europe’s elite, but in falling at the last hurdle as dramatically as they did they illustrated beyond any doubt the need for additional quality in their ranks. Losing Alex Sandro would hardly suggest that the club is moving in the right direction.

Unfortunately for Juventus however, the deal looks likely to ultimately be decided by finances. And with Chelsea involved, that invariably means one thing.

The Italian champions hope to retain Sandro’s services by enticing him with a weekly-wage of £76,000 but such a sum looks unlikely to be enough given that Chelsea are thought to be willing to pay the Brazilian in excess of £100,000 a week. That would appear sufficient to tempt Sandro to London, and Juventus themselves would hardly be averse to collecting the £60 million fee Chelsea are rumoured to be willing to pay.

The deal appears to make a huge amount of sense for Chelsea as they seek to fortify their defensive options as they prepare for title-tilts both in England and on Europe’s grandest stage. Juventus, by contrast, appear close to mounting that particular Everest but given the speculations surrounding Dani Alves’ possible departure from the club, bidding adieu to Sandro would leave them short on defensive options.

The deal ultimately appears to be an arm-wrestle between one club’s designs on Champions League success and the raw finances of another. Unfortunately for Juventus, there is invariably only one winner in such a match-up, the club brandishing the bigger cheque-book.

Colm Egan, Pundit Arena

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