Juventus rejected a £52 million bid from Chelsea for Alex Sandro last week, but the Premier League champions are prepared to return with as much as £60 million to land the Brazilian.
The 26-year-old remains one of several targets for Chelsea this summer as Antonio Conte seeks to bolster his squad to prepare for the addition of Champions League football.
Sandro is viewed by Conte as an upgrade in the left wing-back role to Marcos Alonso, and the numbers from last season appear to continue with that trail of thought.
Sandro averaged 1.8 successful dribbles per game from his 27 Serie A appearances last season, well above Alonso’s 0.7 in the Premier League.
The Brazilian international was also more efficient with his passing, averaging 1.9 key passes per game to Alonso’s 0.8, whilst also holding a superior passing accuracy ratio (Sandro – 84.6%, Alonso – 77.8%).
From a defensive standpoint, Sandro’s numbers were vastly superior. He averaged 2.3 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game compared to Alonso’s 1.9 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game.
Alex Sandro is the more proactive and aggressive player also, averaging 1.6 fouls per game to Marcos Alonso’s 0.8.
That statistic doesn’t necessarily mean that Sandro is the clumsier tackler, either, as Sandro was beaten by his opponent far less than Alonso (Sandro – 62 successful tackles, 16 unsuccessful, Alonso – 58 successful tackles, 26 unsuccessful).
The only area where Alonso fared better than the Juventus man was with his final product. Alonso enjoyed a prolific first season at Chelsea, scoring six times in the Premier League and assisting three, compared to Sandro’s three goals and four assists in Serie A.
While statistics can’t reveal everything, these numbers are strong indicators that Alex Sandro would be a solid upgrade on Marcos Alonso in the left wing-back spot.