According to a report from Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport this afternoon, Serie A giants Juventus will allow in-demand full-back Alex Sandro to depart the club this summer, for the right price.
As was widely reported all summer, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was in the market for full-back reinforcements ahead of his side’s return to the Champions League this season, with Sandro having topped the Italian tactician’s wishlist.
Brazilian international Sandro has developed into one of world football’s finest left-backs since his move to Turin from Porto in 2015.
However, having lost both Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves to AC Milan and PSG respectively during the summer transfer window, the Bianconeri were unwavering in their stance regarding Sandro, with bids of up to 70 million Euro having reportedly been turned down by the Serie A champions.
Reports emanating from Italy over the months that followed had suggested that Sandro was close to agreeing a new contract with Juve, but a major dip in form to start out the campaign seemingly saw talks grind to a halt.
The last couple of months have seen the South American rediscover much of his previous brilliance, with Sandro having even been utilised in a more advanced position by Bianconeri boss Max Allegri on occasion.
Nevertheless, though, the uncertainty surrounding his future has remained.
Rumours in England over recent weeks had suggested that Manchester United were now the leading contenders in the race for Sandro’s signature, but, as per a number of subsequent reports stemming from the French media, the Red Devils will face summer competition from big-spending Ligue 1 powerhouse PSG.
And, as per the aforementioned update from La Gazzetta Dello Sport today, any clubs hoping to coax Sandro away from Turin this summer could well see their plans come to fruition, if the Bianconeri’s demands are met.
The report claims that Juve will not listen to offers of any less than 60 million Euro for their powerful full-back, though, with a bidding war likely to erupt if United and PSG both make firm summer approaches for Sandro.