Chelsea lead Man Utd in race to land key signing valued at £80m in summer

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Chelsea are reportedly leading Man Utd in the race to land Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, with both clubs having a similar problem moving forward.

Jose Mourinho still hasn’t found a long-term solution at left-back with Ashley Young doing a commendable job filling in with the likes of Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian all being played there.

In turn, finding a reliable and consistent player who is a natural in that position will be key to improving them as a team, which would allow them to compliment what Antonio Valencia offers on the opposite flank.

That makes their interest in Sandro understandable, with The Sun noting that they’re keen on the Brazilian ace, who was valued at £80m this past summer, but trail Chelsea in the race to land his signature.

The 26-year-old is said to have told Juventus that he wants to leave, and so an exit in January is being touted with Massimiliano Allegri undoubtedly set to feel his loss if he a departure materialises.

As for Chelsea, Antonio Conte would welcome such a move given that he needs to add strength and depth in that area of his squad with Marcos Alonso rarely not featuring for a full 90 minutes so far this season.

The Spaniard was a key figure last season with Chelsea focusing fully on the Premier League, but with the Champions League also in play this year, it has to be taking its toll on him and depth and competition is badly needed.

Sandro can certainly provide that, and the report suggests that Chelsea are leading the way which may well be a real frustration for Jose Mourinho who will have to look elsewhere.

As per the Metro, Tottenham’s Danny Rose has also been touted as a possible target, and so perhaps the Portuguese tactician may well have another name in mind anyway to take to Old Trafford.

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