By Aramide Oladipo
Italian giants Juventus have rejected a third bid from Chelsea for defender Alex Sandro, according to a report.
Calcio Mercato claims that the Premier League champions offered around £72million including bonuses for the 26-year-old but the bid was turned down, which has infuriated Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
The Italian sports outlet reports that the Serie A champions had already rebuffed two previous offers from Chelsea earlier on this summer.
The report claims that Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta is desperate to keep hold of the full-back after seeing the likes of Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci leave the club this summer.
It is said there might be a mutual agreement between Sandro and Juventus which could see him join a European club should the Italians receive a substantial offer before the end of the transfer window.
The Brazilian has enjoyed two great years with Juventus, winning successive league and cup doubles and reaching the Champions League final last season.
Sandro currently has three years remaining on his contract in Turin.
Football Insider verdict
It is going to be very interesting to see how Chelsea react following this latest transfer setback. Conte does not appear to be enjoying his second season in charge of the Premier League champions and if the club fail to add a few more bodies to the squad this summer, the Italian’s stay at Stamford Bridge could potentially come to an end. There is no doubt that Sandro is a very talented player and he would certainly add more quality to the current squad but £72million is still a lot of money especially when he might not be guaranteed a start with Marcos Alonso the preferred choice. However, Chelsea are one of the few clubs who can afford the Brazilian and if they want to boost their chances of retaining their league title, they might need to bite the bullet and splash the cash.
In other Chelsea news, the club are preparing a £120 million transfer splurge on three Premier League players.