Blow for Chelsea as top defensive target rejects chance to join Conte

Posted June 26, 2017

Alex Sandro could soon be on his way to Chelsea as Juventus have accepted a new and improved offer for the defender, according to reports.

Juventus have offered the Brazil worldwide an improvement on his £75,000-a-week deal, which runs until 2022, but are unlikely to keep him against his wishes. He... The Chelsea boss is determined to strengthen his title-winning squad and land his first Champions League winner's medal as a coach. One of the miracles of Chelsea's run is that in Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses, Chelsea boasted two players adept at covering such an amount of ground.

Meantime, the Blues have agreed personal terms with the Brazilian star who joined Juventus for € 26 million in summer 2015.

Not only would the muted fee make him the world's most expensive defender, it would also be the most Chelsea have spent on a player in their history.

Originally a midfielder, Bonucci has been a target for a number of Premier League clubs in recent years.

One of said targets is Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, yet with the south coast club valuing him at around £70 million and not moving from that valuation, it seems they might have to look at other options.

Deals for both Bakayoko and Sandro are expected to be completed this week at a combined figure just shy of £100m, with medicals and other formalities seemingly all that must now be sorted.