Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has been offered significant encouragement in his pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

The London Evening Standard report that Chelsea are interested in signing the Brazilian. He would be a direct upgrade on Marcos Alonso, who in all fairness has been one of our best players this season.

Sandro does have a leg-up on Alonso in that he is equally as good both offensively and defensively. Alonso has proven himself to be a genuine goal-threat from left-wing-back, but he has defensive frailties that are difficult to overlook.

Marcos Alonso
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This is presumably why Conte has looked to secure the services of Sandro, and Juve chief Giuseppe Marotta may have given Conte further hope of signing the 26-year-old during the January transfer window.

Marotta is quoted by the London Evening Standard insisting that if any of Juventus’ players ask to leave, they will not hold them hostage:

“Juventus’ policy is that if a player asks to leave, we won’t hold him back.”

“We know there’s interest from big clubs in Alex Sandro, but at the moment there are no negotiations.”

Alex Sandro
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It remains to be seen whether Sandro would be prepared to push through a move to Stamford Bridge this winter. If he did, though, you would have to fancy our chances of signing him. Let’s wait and see…

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