Chelsea set to step up efforts for Juventus and Monaco targets

Chelsea have been handed a rare piece of good news in this slightly stressful summer with the word from the continent that their chase of Juventus wing back Alex Sandro may be making progress.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move for 26-year-old Brazil worldwide and Marotta confirmed there has been a bid rejected, but added that if the player requested a move the situation could develop. The Spain forward subsequently made that information public and in the process, alerted other clubs to the fact Chelsea are eager to sell him, undermining their bargaining position.

Juve director Giuseppe Marotta did confirm a bid had been received, but refused any chance of a sale.

Alex Sandro was widely linked with a move to the Premier League last season, but stayed with Juventus and has since enjoyed much success.

"Players are always their own boss".

Chelsea are, as The Guardian suggest, hoping that an improved bid of £55m for Sandro, who has seven caps for Brazil, could tempt Juventus to part with the left-back.

The Brazilian ace was a key part of the Bianconeri's success last season, as they won a domestic double while also reaching the Champions League final. His arrival would not necessarily see Nemanja Matic depart the club.

Chelsea are yet to add to their squad this summer though Standard Sport understands former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero could become their first signing on July 1.

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