Blues boss Jose Mourinho is thought to be on the lookout for a tough-tackling enforcer this summer, as he plots to build a side capable of taking the Premier League title away from rivals Manchester City.
Juventus’ Paul Pogba has been mooted as their top target, but with the former Manchester United youth star set to cost upwards of £40m, Sandro is seen as a viable alternative.
The Brazilian has been dubbed ‘The Beast’ due to his stature and physical presence in midfield, and has been a key player at White Hart Lane in recent seasons.
But after being omitted from Spurs’ XI on multiple occasions at the back end of last season by Tim Sherwood, there are rumours circulating that he has grown fed up in north London.
Napoli are also keen, but their opening £8m offer has been rebuffed
Yet a bid of £12m from Chelsea may be more tempting for Tottenham.
Should a deal for Sandro not be possible, Mourinho is pondering a surprise move to bring 33-year-old Tiago back to the club from Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.