Chelsea have had a bid of €50m for Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro turned down by Serie A side Juventus, according to Carlo Laudisa.
Laudisa, a journalist at Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, is claiming that Blues boss Antonio Conte has prioritised the signing of Sandro over Leonardo Bonucci, and has already sanctioned advances.
Conte led the Stamford Bridge side to the Premier League title last season, having championed a massive turnaround from the wreckage left in Jose Mourinho’s wake last year. But he knows that the following campaign will be doubly difficult, given recent title-defending crusades, as well as clubs strengthening all around.
The Italian is said to have drawn up a six-man transfer list as he looks to bolster his defensive line, midfield and attack.
Bonucci has been a target from last summer, but the player has dismissed the speculation as ‘just gossip’, while teammate Giorgio Chiellini has backed him to remain in Turin.
“I’ll bet anything you want on Leo staying at Juve,” Chiellini said to Tuttosport. “We can’t deprive ourselves of a player like him. I’m certain he’s still going to be one of the pillars of Juve.”
Sandro, meanwhile, has been quite impressive since joining the Serie A champions from Porto in 2015. And with Conte set to lead his team through the Champions League, next season, he will need more options in both left and right-back positions.
Marcos Alonso performed quite admirably, playing as a wing-back on the left flank last term. However, fans aren’t totally convinced with his defensive capabilities.
They are calling for the club to strengthen in the above-mentioned positions, and Sandro would certainly be deemed a more-than-satisfactory signing if he did join this summer.