By acquiring Emerson Palmieri from Roma last month, Chelsea have finally (hopefully) addressed the depth issues at the left wing-back position, where an overworked Marcos Alonso ruled unchallenged for the past 18 months.
That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill of course, with recent stories claiming that Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on the contract situation of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, but that looks to be more of a Ross Barkley-type of situation than anything else — as in an opportunity rather than addressing a need.
But one rumor that has largely fallen by the wayside is Chelsea’s months-long pursuit of Juventus star Alex Sandro, who remains one of the best players in the world at the position despite his recent “sluggish” form. Now that Chelsea have secured the signature of the player who could very well develop into the next Sandro — after all, Juventus supposedly wanted Emerson as the replacement for the older Brazilian — the current Sandro has made a firm commitment to the Old Lady, as players tend to do in these cases.
”It is normal for a player to have moments when he is better and others where he is not as good. [And] I have never listened to the rumours about myself; I have always remained focused on my work and Juventus has always been my only thought. I still have two years left on my contract. I feel really good and I am satisfied with my condition [at Juve] today”
”My goal is first of all to win everything with Juventus. Then the World Cup will come and I hope to deserve a call in the Seleção by doing well here.”
-Alex Sandro; source: Sky Sports via Corriere dello Sport
This will surely not prevent Alex Sandro’s agent from using Chelsea for the umpteenth to gain some leverage the next time the question of his client’s contract comes up, especially as Juventus were supposed to give him one earlier this season. Having recently turned 27, time is running out for Sandro to cash in — but chances are that will not happen at Chelsea anymore.