With the gates of the winter transfer window wide open, speculation has increased over Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro’s contract situation.
The 26-year-old ex-Sao Paulo player is currently employed with Juventus, and the club director, Giuseppe Marotta, has made it clear that Sandro is free to leave if he puts in a transfer request.
He remarked (via Metro): “The policy of Juventus is that if a player asks us to leave, we will not hold him back. On Alex Sandro, we know of the interest from big clubs, but at the moment we have not engaged in any negotiations.”
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Marotta also revealed that no club has been in contact with the Bianconeri over the Brazil international, amid speculation linking the player with Chelsea and United.
The Blues are still believed to be the favourites to secure the player’s services, after having being refuted last summer, much to the displeasure of boss Antonio Conte.
Sandro was tipped to stay at the Juventus Stadium for a while, but clearly, talks of a contract extension have not materialised over the past six months.
Conte will surely fancy his chances of sealing the deal this time, as United have already turned their attention to other full-back options in Spurs’ Danny Rose and Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo.
With Ross Barkley’s transfer from Everton to Chelsea costing a mere £15m, the Blues will have a lot of gas in the tank to sign Sandro, who has made 94 appearances in all competitions for Juventus since his move to Italy from Porto.
Written by Sourish Saha
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