Transfer Roundup: Alex Sandro to Chelsea is on this January, Chelsea lost €5m in Costa deal

CHELSEA will go back in for Juventus ace Alex Sandro in January.

The Blues tried to get the fullback this summer but were unable to convince Juve to sell.

But transfer market web claim Chelsea, and Manchester City, will make moves when the transfer window re-opens.

However it is claimed Juve will reject all approaches in January and hang on to him until next summer.

Sandro was keen on a move to Chelsea and the Blues were ready to make him the most expensive defender in the world but still failed to push through a deal.

Chelsea were frustrated this summer as Antonio Conte looked to bolster his squad, despite spending in excess of £150m.

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Willy Caballero.

But Conte wanted another fullback and Sandro was his top target.

He also failed to land Danilo from Real Madrid after Man City agreed a deal.

Chelsea are in good form after a sluggish start to the season, losing the opening game of the season and the Community Shield.

They are third in the table with six wins in their last seven in all competitions.

Sandro meanwhile has helped Juventus to 18 points from six games in Italy.

They currently trail Napoli on goal difference despite their 100% record, but are expected to win Serie A for a seventh time in a row.

Guillem Balague reveals how Chelsea lost €5m in Diego Costa deal

According to Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague, Chelsea were unable to secure the full amount they wanted in the Diego Costa deal due to the text message Antonio Conte sent to the striker.

The forward revealed earlier in June that his manager had sent him a text revealing Costa will not be part of his plans this season. This led to Costa refusing to return to Chelsea during the summer, and was adamant Conte and co at the club treated him ‘like a criminal’ as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Chelsea replaced Costa with Real Madrid prodigy Alvaro Morata, who has started life in England with a bang after scoring six goals in first six games of the season.

Costa was shipped off to Atletico for a fee of £55 million but in his article for Sky Sports, Balague insists the Premier League champions could have received 20 million more than they did, had Conte not sent him the text shortly after last season:

“It was a huge mistake on Antonio Conte’s part to send a text to Costa saying he was not wanted, because he weakened the position of Chelsea.

“Chelsea wanted 70m euros, Atletico says, they got 55m plus 10m. It is still a big fee, one Atletico has never paid.

“But he shouldn’t have sent it. I’m pretty sure if you’re a director at Chelsea you’d wish he hadn’t too. It gave the wishes of Costa a big push, because he could always say: “look, they don’t want me.”

“It played completely into his hands.”

Fewest Premier League games needed to score a hat-trick for Chelsea:

Diego Costa (4)
Alvaro Morata (6)
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (10)

Costa has returned to his former club, having scored 20 goals last season in Chelsea’s title winning campaign and 57 in all competitions since he arrived at the club in 2014.

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