By Abigail Withey
Chelsea have been dealt a major blow as Juventus defender Alex Sandro has ruled out a move, according to a Sky journalist.
Fabrizio Romano, a reporter for Sky Sports and The Guardian, has revealed that the 26-year-old has asked to stay at the Serie A side despite interest from the Premier League champions.
The journalist stated that despite the full-back’s wishes to remain at Juventus Antonio Conte’s side are still interested in signing the star.
Romano shared the news on his verified Twitter account and quoted the Juventus CEO, who said: “Alex Sandro precisely asked to stay at Juventus”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2017
According to the former report, Juventus turned down a mega-money bid of around £72 million which annoyed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
It’s unsurprising that Sandro is keen to stay at the Italian club after he helped Juventus win the Serie A title and Italy Cup during in both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
Sandro joined from FC Porto in 2015 in a five-year-deal worth around £23 million.
Football Insider verdict
Conte’s frustrations will grow even further after hearing that Sandro personally asked to stay at the club over a move to Chelsea. The Blues manager will probably end his pursuit otherwise he risks wasting valuable time in the closing weeks of the transfer window. His continued annoyance and frustrations are starting to become very clear, and after his side’s embarrassing loss to Burnley last weekend it looks as though the managers negativity is rubbing off on the players and fans. Although only the first game of the Premier League has been played, Conte’s team did not look like a side who could comfortable retain their title.
In other Chelsea transfer news, the club are preparing a £120 million transfer splurge on three Premier League players.