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Juventus rejects Chelsea offer for Alex Sandro

19 June 2017

Antonio Conte is keen to strengthen his side ahead of their return to the Champions League and had identified the Brazilian as an upgrade on current left wing-back Marcos Alonso.

Speaking last night, technical director Giuseppe Marotta hinted that he was open to selling the Chelsea target if a major offer was made.

It hasn't transpired that way as he has been made to wait, while his handling of Diego Costa and the text message to inform him that he no longer had a role in his plans at Chelsea didn't go down well with the club hierarchy. The Juventus general manager, Beppe Marotta, indicated over the weekend that an initial offer for Sandro had been rejected.

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Alex Sandro was widely linked with a move to the Premier League last season, but stayed with Juventus and has since enjoyed much success.

"We said no, but today players are masters of their own destiny".

Chelsea are, as The Guardian suggest, hoping that an improved bid of £55m for Sandro, who has seven caps for Brazil, could tempt Juventus to part with the left-back.

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Chelsea are yet to add to their squad this summer though Standard Sport understands former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero could become their first signing on July 1.

Conte signed five players in the 2016 summer transfer window as the retired right-back put his stamp on the Chelsea squad.

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Juventus rejects Chelsea offer for Alex Sandro