According to reports from the Daily Star, Chelsea’s £54million bid for Alex Sandro has been rejected by Juventus.
Despite having romped their way to the Premier League title last season in comfortable fashion, Chelsea have not stood still in the current transfer window and have significantly strengthened their squad with £130million worth of talent by acquiring the services of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.
By the same token though, Chelsea recently lost a key player in Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and star striker Diego Costa is also widely expected to be departing Stamford Bridge before the conclusion of the current transfer window.
Therefore, one suspects that manager Antonio Conte still is not finished with his business in the transfer market this summer and now strengthening at the back seems to be one of the main priorities for the Italian tactician.
Although Marcos Alonso did brilliantly as a left full-back last term, Conte has been on the lookout for another wing-back this summer and Juventus star Alex Sandro has widely been mentioned as one of the main targets for the ex-Italy national team boss.
It is now expected that Chelsea will be ramping up their pursuit to sign Sandro and according to the Daily Star, the Blues have already placed a bid of around £54million for the Brazilian full-back – which has been rejected by Juventus.
Sandro is arguably one of the finest left-backs in the game today and while Juventus are not keen on selling the 26-year-old, they are thought to be willing to do business for fees upwards of £70million for their prized asset.
Recently, Juventus boss Max Allegri had ruled out the possibility of Sandro leaving by saying, “Alex is a Juve player, he’s extraordinary and he’s not moving from here. He’s improved a lot since he arrived here and he still has margin for improvement. I think he is one of the best full-backs in the world.”
Whether or not Chelsea try to test the resolve of Juventus by returning with another bid remains to be seen but they will surely have to pay up in order to sign Sandro as the ex-Porto man is contracted with the Old Lady till 2020 and the Italian champions are under no real pressure to sell.