It’s Monday and it’s time to get back to work. Near the top, if not at the very top of Chelsea’s agenda are negotiations with Juventus for left back Alex Sandro, for whom we supposedly had submitted a £61m (€70m) bid some time ago, but have since made zero progress. Talks however are set to resume today.
Meanwhile, Juventus have gotten their act together and scraped up money for an improved contract renewal offer, though not as much as Chelsea are apparently offering. Juventus have maintained a strong desire for Alex Sandro to stay, but have also made it pretty clear that they won’t stand in his way if he chooses to leave and they receive proper compensation. Surely, €70m is more than fair.
In addition, at least one other team is poking around to see what’s what, with La Repubblica reporting on Sunday a €65m bid from Paris Saint-Germain as well. (Manchester City were also briefly rumored but were quickly un-rumored.) The report claims that while PSG think Juventus will accept their offer as well, the player himself prefers Chelsea over Paris.
Does he prefer Chelsea over Juventus as well and can Granovskaia & Co figure out a price point at which we can actually do some business? We’re about to find out.