Chelsea have pulled out of the race to sign Juventus left wing-back, Alex Sandro. This means Manchester United will not face any competition from the Premier League Champions, should they make an attempt this window, reports the Manchester Evening News
Italian news outlet, Calcio Mercato said that Juventus received clear intentions from the early days of the January window that Chelsea would not re-enter negotiations to try and sign the 26-year-old Brazilian. This is despite a rigorous pursuit which started during the summer.
Juventus had been resigned to be losing Alex Sandro sooner rather than later with the Brazilian keen on making the move to the Premier League. Should Sandro be moving to the Premier League, it now appears that he will more likely be wearing the Red of Manchester than the Blue of Chelsea.
With the pursuit of Alex Sandro resulting in a failure, where do Chelsea go from here? Alex Telles has been linked but is it just signing a player for the sake of it? There are so many ramifications of this deal falling through – none more significant than the future of Antonio Conte. Conte has been let down, once again by the Club and is it now inevitable that he departs at the end of the season?