Chelsea will have to pay at least £15million if they harbour any hopes of signing key Tottenham midfielder Sandro, according to the Evening Standard.
Despite reports claiming yesterday that the Blues were in the process of lodging at £12million offer for the services of the Brazilian, it’s now thought that his club will demand £15million if they are to even consider parting ways with him. The 25-year-old has become an important part of the setup at White Hart Lane since his arrival at the north London outfit, and his defensive capabilities would definitely provide Jose Mourinho with more muscle in the middle of the park.
The Special One is said to be keen on boosting his side’s chances of competing for major trophies next term, having lost out in all competitions during his first campaign back at Stamford Bridge. A deal for former Arsenal captain Francesc Fabregas is said to be all but done, and so the acquisition of a player who could give him more protection in front of the back four may be what Mourinho is aiming for now.
Despite having only signed enforcer Nemanja Matic from Benfica in January the Blues are actively on the hunt to add to their squad, and the recent sale of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain could go some way to funding their planned ventures into the transfer market.
As for Sandro’s happiness at Tottenham, it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be on better terms with new boss Mauricio Pochettino than he was with Tim Sherwood. The Brazilian was known to have been at odds with the recently axed Spurs manager, and the ordeal could well have left him angling for a move away.
Napoli are also said to be hot on Sandro’s tails, but the new price-tag could serve to push him out of their price range, and further towards Chelsea.