Chelsea latest: Mou rivals United for Brazilian? Blue star to Spurs, PSG & more

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including transfer rumours involving Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton striker.

Alex Sandro is pictured above.

The Brazil-born left back is a mainstay at FC Porto and statistically, even in Europe's premier club competition - the Champions League and Europa League - he has been defensively impressive, amassing statistics throughout this season that include a 2.6 successful tackle average per game, four successful clearances and 1.6 interceptions every match. How frequently he is on the ball is backed up by his 48.6 passes per game average and his 81% completion rate, yet he is also effective in the crossing (3.2 successful in the Champions League alone) whilst creating 14 clear-cut chances from nine appearances combined.

It is little wonder there is a transfer scramble hotting up, initially reported by talkSPORT overnight and again throughout today, Wednesday, involving both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Presumably, if the player was available, he would be more inclined to join Jose Mourinho over David Moyes. Not chiefly because of United's well-documented failings throughout the current campaign but largely because of the esteem Mourinho is held in at the Estadio do Dragao and that both he and Sandro share a common language - Portuguese.

Sandro is valued at £14m by, however, in reality, he would likely fetch a much larger fee as Porto are renowned for being exceptional negotiators at the transfer table.

In other transfer news, Chelsea youngster and Everton loan star Romelu Lukaku, 20, is tipped by the Daily Mail to be ready to join Tottenham Hotspur.

The report indicates that, should Chelsea, as expected, land coveted hitman Diego Costa in the summer, then Lukaku would be offloaded to Spurs providing the Lilywhites stump up £20m.

And finally, as exciting as it is to speculate over deals that may or may not happen, there is a very real football match ready to kick-off later this evening, Wednesday, as Chelsea tackles Paris Saint Germain in PSG's own manor; the Parc des Princes.

In the Evening Standard, defender Gary Cahill - who was part of the England defence who shipped four against Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a match against Sweden - has said that the powerful striker must be treated as "just another forward".

Also, Ibrahimovic may well be Mourinho's teacher's pet here, Zlatan singled out this wonderkid for special praise, another young talent explained here that he rejected Chelsea in favour of PSG, Jose stated here that PSG are ten years behind the Blues while also explaining that he will be particularly cautious with his side over the handling of Ligue 1 superstar midfielder and that the Stamford Bridge side's social media team may have divulged tactical insight into the Champions League clash here.

Mourinho also once described his Premier League rival manager Arsene Wenger a voyeur, an assessment of the Arsenal man he has since later regretted, however, the Gunners boss couldn't help but admire the SW6 lot and explained how effective Mourinho's midfield is here, while lauding their all-round attacking talent here.

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