In Focus: Alex Sandro would be a great addition for Chelsea or Man City

According to reports by Italian media channel Premium Sport, via Tuttomercatoweb, Manchester City are ready to rival Chelsea in the race to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to sign at least one new left-back this summer with Gael Clichy due to leave the club following the expiry of his contract, and they have already been linked with a whole host of names including Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand.

However, according to The Sun, Citizens’ director of football Txiki Begiristain has personally scouted the 26-year-old and is ready to launch a bid for him this week.

Italian news outlet La Stampa claim that Chelsea have already offered €40m (approximately £35m) for Alex Sandro but that Juventus want at least €50m (approximately £43.5m).

How did he do this season?

The Brazilian has quickly become one of the stars of the Juventus side and as well as helping them win yet another Serie A title, the full-back also helped the Serie A giants reach the Champions League final, where they were disappointingly beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in Cardiff last weekend.

In 43 appearances in all competitions, Alex Sandro scored three goals and provided a further seven assists.

Why do City and Chelsea want him?

As well as being solid defensively, the 26-year-old is very much the modern day full-back in that he has the pace and the stamina to get up and down the pitch to provide an attacking threat, and it is something that won’t have gone unnoticed by Guardiola or Conte.

Would he be a good signing?

Aside from Aleksandar Kolarov, who is getting no younger and was often played at centre-back this season, Guardiola has no other options at left-back and he will be keen to resolve that issue in the coming weeks before his players return for pre-season training.

Meanwhile, Chelsea need cover and competition for Marcos Alonso with a more congested fixture list to come next season.

The fact that Alex Sandro can play left-back, as well as left wing-back and left-wing, could mean that he is an attractive proposition with Eden Hazard likely to miss the start of the campaign having broken his ankle.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, the Premier League duo are likely to be linked with a host of left-backs over the course of the next few weeks, but there is no doubt that Alex Sandro would be a good addition for either.