Antonio Conte is reportedly furious at the Chelsea board for not backing him up in bringing more reinforcements in the summer, but this looks set to change as multiple sources claim that the Blues are bent on breaking the bank for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro in January.
The move is believed to be part of a bigger plan to convince Conte to stay at Stamford Bridge for the long-term as the Italian has been a known admirer of the 26-year-old.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea failed in their bid for Sandro in the summer, and are now planning to offer Juventus in excess of £60 million for the player.
Conte, who drove Chelsea to the top of the Premier League last season, has already expressed desire to return to Italy one day, and this might happen sooner rather than later should the Blues fail in their title-defence this year.
Juventus, however, are believed to be unwilling of letting their left-back go mid-way through the season, and this could leave Chelsea with the only other option of buying him next summer.
Sandro would fit very well into the current Blues squad, giving Marco Alonso a fight for his money on the left flank, but also providing cover for the only position that lacks depth at the moment.
The Brazilian has improved greatly since joining Juventus from Porto in 2015, and possessing pace, strength and excellent dribbling and crossing ability, Sandro looks to have all the necessary ingredients to fit into Conte’s 3-5-2.
The Brazilian’s contract with the Italian champions runs out in 2020.