Chelsea should not move for Alex Sandro and focus on other targets

A long term Chelsea target has once again emerged in the news. Alex Sandro was heavily linked with the Blues while Chelsea were managed by Antonio Conte, who wanted Sandro to be his left wing back.

Sandro never signed as Juventus asked for around £80 million which Chelsea considered to be too much. The talk of a move to Chelsea went away until Sandro himself recently said that he wants to play in the Premier League.

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Even if Chelsea are still interested, they should absolutely refuse to be tempted into trying to sign the Brazilian at this stage.

First, Sandro may simply be trying to leverage a new contract at Juventus by threatening to leave. He may not even want to join a Premier League club at all.

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Even if he is in fact interested in moving, Chelsea should still refrain from making a bid. Sandro is now 28. He may have been worth his huge fee two years ago but now he is probably close to leaving his prime as a player, especially after suffering several long term injuries. Spending over £50 million on him now would be unwise.

Chelsea should spend their money on younger alternatives who promise to be just as good as Sandro. They may already be better.

Ferland Mendy, who made his debut for France last week, is an exceptional talent. The Lyon left back is fantastic in tight spaces, goes past players and rarely gets caught out defensively.

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Alex Grimaldo of Benfica is another great talent. Both of these men would come cheaper and have a greater long term up-side.

The signing of Sandro is unnecessary and two years too late.