Chelsea will pursue a deal for Porto defender Alex Telles should PSG hijack their move for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.
Sandro has been a target for Chelsea throughout the summer but the Sun believe French giants PSG are on the verge of stealing the Brazilian from under Antonio Conte’s side’s noses, meaning the Stamford Bridge club will have to look elsewhere for a new left-back.
One target is Porto’s Alex Telles, who has impressed in recent years in Portugal and has been identified as a possible alternative to Sandro if PSG snap up the 26-year-old ahead of the Premier League champions.
Telles was highly influential going forward for Porto, scoring once and contributing eight assists as the Portuguese side finished second to Benfica in the Primeira Liga, also reaching the round of 16 of the Champions League before losing to eventual winners Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Chelsea before when the Fulham club were on the lookout for a replacement for Atletico Madrid-bound Filipe Luis but Abdul Baba Rahman, who spent last season on loan at Schalke, was signed instead.
Despite Chelsea reportedly agreeing a £60m fee for Sandro, who contributed three goals and four assists in 27 Serie A matches last season, PSG could still make a late move for the defender and Chelsea are therefore planning a bid for Telles, who could cost around £22m despite having a release clause of £40m.
Chelsea played with a three-man defence during their Premier League title-winning campaign last season and Conte sees Telles as a player who can rival Marcos Alonso for a first-team spot.