Giuseppe Marotta confirms Chelsea's Alex Sandro bid


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.

Following last seasons' Premier League winning season, Antonio Conte is keen to add to his squad ahead of next season's Champions League campaign.

The relationship between manager and board has also been severely tested by Conte's decision to inform Diego Costa, by text, that he is not in the club's plans. Costa's situation has complicated plans to strengthen, with no deal in place as yet to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton - who want a world-record fee for the Belgium striker - as a replacement.

Win ratio in duels - The former FC Porto star is also impressive in challenges, boasting a better success rate (55%) than any other Juventus defender this term, including 67% in headers.

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Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro has decided he would like to hand in a transfer request according to reports in Italy following heavy speculation of a move to Chelsea. And players are always their own boss.

Chelsea was reportedly willing to pay up to €60 million ($88 million) for the left wing-back, but Juventus has no intention of parting with the Brazil global.

Chelsea's long-standing interest in Bakayoko is also likely to come to fruition, with the France global set to join for a fee in excess of £40m after a fine season at the heart of Monaco's Ligue 1 title-winning midfield.

Reports in the national press had suggested Conte had become frustrated with the Chelsea hierarchy over a lack of investment in the transfer market, but it was understood that technical director Michael Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia are aware of the Italian's targets and are continuing with their recruitment efforts.