Chelsea sent representatives to watch the crunch Portuguese league clash between Benfica and Porto last night, in order to scout primary summer target Alex Sandro.
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Blues joined the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in overseeing the game at the Estadio da Luz, and their presence will have done little to quell transfer talk linking them with a move for Sandro at the end of this season.
In recent months rumours have been rife that Jose Mourinho is keen to take the Brazilian full-back to Stamford Bridge and the fact that Ashley Cole’s future is looking increasingly uncertain has only added fuel to the fire.
Sandro is now said to be amongst Mourinho’s preferred options for the left-back slot moving forward, as it appears that they are unwilling to go toe-to-toe with United with regards to the £30million transfer chase for Southampton’s Luke Shaw. According to the Standard they see the Porto star as a far cheaper alternative to the Saints starlet, and it’s likely they will aim to secure his services in the summer.
Coincidentally the Blues may have to battle United for Sandro if David Moyes for some reason fails to land Shaw. The Red Devils have been linked with the 23-year-old recently, and may turn to him if they are in desperate need of a replacement for Patrice Evra.