Chelsea remain confident of signing Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, despite facing competition from Paris Saint-Germain.
Juventus are holding out for a world record fee for a defender of £60 million for Sandro, who Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has made one of his priority targets.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is leading the club’s negotiations with Juve, but is unlikely to find the Italians willing to drop the price.
Juve’s position over the fee is strengthened by the fact big-spending PSG have also shown an interest in Sandro.
Contrary to reports in Italy, Manchester City are not chasing Sandro but Chelsea still face having to meet Juve’s valuation to get their man.
The 26-year-old is keen on the prospect of a move to Chelsea, but is unlikely to hand in a transfer request to try to force a deal.
A source close to Sandro said: “Chelsea are currently the favourites, but Juventus will not drop their price and there is other interest. The player is relaxed and will just wait to see what happens.”
Chelsea are optimistic they will eventually find an agreement for Sandro, as they have done for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
It is understood Chelsea have clinched a £35m deal for Bakayoko with supporters now just waiting for an announcement.
Chelsea are also preparing to confirm that Willy Caballero has agreed to join the club on a free transfer as deputy to first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Blues will re-open contract talks with Courtois when he returns for pre-season training next month, despite the 25-year-old’s agent admitting he is in close contact with Real Madrid.
Christophe Henrotay said: “Of course Thibaut is of interest to the big clubs, including the latest Champions League winner.
“He’s someone who helps you win games, titles. I meet regularly those in charge at Real Madrid, and Thibaut’s case has come up. My role is to keep him updated on the situation.”
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