Chelsea are understood to have had an initial bid for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro rejected, as they continue their search for defensive reinforcements ahead of the new season.
The Mail suggest that the Blues have seen their £55.2m offer snubbed by the Bianconeri in recent days. Despite the setback, it is reported that Chelsea could still sign the Brazilian defender this summer if the player himself is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
Juventus are understood to have told Sandro that they will not stand in the way if he wishes to move on and leave Turin this summer, although having turned down a substantial bid for him, it would seem the Bianconeri would prefer him to remain at the club.
The 26-year-old played a starring role for Massimiliano Allegri’s side last season as they went on to defend their Serie A crown and progress all the way through to the Champions League final.
Sandro’s experience of European football would come in handy for the Blues however, and manager Antonio Conte has identified the left-back as one his his key transfer targets this summer.
With Champions League football back on the agenda at Stamford Bridge next season, Conte is keen to add greater depth to his squad and is hoping to provide Marcos Alonso with stiff competition by bringing Sandro in.
The Chelsea boss is rumoured to be growing frustrated at his employers’ lack of transfer activity, but if reports towards the end of last week are to be believed, the Italian could be handed as much as £250m to spend this summer and that would surely allow him the opportunity to increase the Blues’ bid for Sandro if he so wishes.