Chelsea have yet to actually make a first-team signing this summer, but it’s probably not for a lack of trying. There are at least four major signings in varying degrees of progress supposedly on the docket, with midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko apparently ready to join as soon as we’re allowed to register new players (Saturday, the day of rapture). Others, like Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Rudiger, and Alex Sandro could follow sooner rather than later. There’s also backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero who could actually be the first signing announced this summer, but nobody really cares. Sorry, Wilfredo.
One constant feature of all the rumor mongering has been outrageous transfer fees and Chelsea’s apparently but probably reasonable desire to not pay them. One-hundred and six zeroes for Lukaku? Seventy and six zeroes for Van Dijk? Too much for our tastes. Sixty and six zeroes for Alex Sandro? Mayyyybe okay.
Director Marina Granovskaia has been in negotiations with Juve for the past week, but a further set of talks are scheduled for Monday which Chelsea hope could provide a breakthrough.
That’s the blurb on Alex Sandro in Matt Law’s Friday night round-up, which contains mostly old information, save for that Monday bit in these negotiations.
Rumors earlier this week claimed that Juventus have already accepted a 61m bid, but the days since have cast a fair bit of doubt on any of that. If Granovskaia needs to go back in on Monday, then there can’t really be an agreement just yet, can there?
But at least we’re trying, so bless our hearts and hope that’ll be fulfilling enough when the morning of July 1st rolls around in less than 12 hours and we’re all left standing outside the new megastore staring at empty chairs labeled “NEW SIGNINGS”.