Chelsea are ready to spend to help out their manager.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to back under-pressure manager Antonio Conte and give him the money he needs to improve the squad in the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Blues are ‘likely’ to go back in for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro in the winter as part of their bid to rebuild the team after a disappointing start to the season.
The report only mentions Sandro as a likely transfer target, suggesting the Brazil international is a top priority for Conte, whose side were linked with him on a number of occasions during the summer.
For all the quality of Marcos Alonso, Chelsea could do with more options to rotate in every area of the pitch, having struggled with injuries due to the more intense schedule this term.
The Daily Mail claimed last month that Chelsea were likely to bid £60million to try again to sign Sandro, who has both the defensive nous and attacking flair to make a real difference to this sluggish Blues side.
Ideal for playing in Conte’s 3-4-3 system with wing-backs, the 26-year-old will surely not come cheap as Juve have previously rejected any interest in him, according to a report from the Independent back in August.
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Still, Chelsea clearly need more investment after a frustrating summer saw some slightly unconvincing signings arrive while big names like Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic sealed moves away.
Able to comfortably win the Premier League title with a relatively small squad last season, Chelsea benefited from not being in Europe in Conte’s first year in charge, but the Italian looks unlikely to repeat that success based on his team’s form in 2017/18 so far.
Sandro could go some way to repairing the damage, but more importantly the Mirror suggest Chelsea’s willingness to give their manager funds shows their faith in him to keep the job despite this rough patch.