Chelsea could be dealt yet more transfer heartbreak after reports suggested Alex Sandro is set to perform a shock U-turn and pen a new lucrative contract to stay with Juventus.
The revelation comes courtesy of the Sun, who have alleged that the left-back will sign an improved £93,000-a-week deal to remain with the Serie A champions and thwart Chelsea’s club-record £61m move for him.
If Sandro opts to stay with I Bianconeri, it will prove to be yet another source of frustration for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who has already privately aired his anger at the club’s slow progress in acquiring new recruits heading into the new season.
Juventus are believed to have grown tired of the Blues’ public pursuit of Sandro and have moved quickly to offer him a bigger salary packet in a bid to ward off interest from the Premier League champions.
The Champions League runners-up’s directors Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Patrici are said to have met with manager Max Allegri to thrash out plans to hand Sandro a better deal to keep him in Turin, and it appears that the 26-year-old has had his head turned back towards his current employers as a result of the new offer.
Chelsea had hoped to sign Sandro to add competition for places in the left-back position at Stamford Bridge, but their desire to make the Brazil international their first real signing of the summer has been hit over Juve’s intervention.
If Alex Sandro signs a contract extension with Juventus I am leaving this planet and never coming back.
— Jamie Wilkinson (@parkedthebus) June 30, 2017
The club were originally rebuffed in their attempts to land Sandro when a £55m bid was rejected and their chances of prising him away from Juventus are now slim at best with this latest development.
Conte had secretly held discussions with club owner Roman Abramovich about stepping up the club’s plans to strengthen his senior squad ahead of their title defence but, the free signing of Willy Caballero aside, the Londoners have yet to land their key targets.
A £35m transfer for Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is nearing completion, but talks over bringing in the likes of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku have yet to officially take place, while a possible move for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has taken a backseat with Manchester United thought to be the frontrunners for the Spanish striker.