Chelsea set to step up efforts for Juventus and Monaco targets

Chelsea set to step up efforts for Juventus and Monaco targets

The Serie A club's general director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Chelsea's interest in Sandro and admitted Juve have already turned down a bid.

Antonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England, but is yet to strengthen his squad ahead of the next campaign.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move for 26-year-old Brazil global and Marotta confirmed there has been a bid rejected, but added that if the player requested a move the situation could develop.

The relationship between manager and board has also been severely tested by Conte's decision to inform Diego Costa, by text, that he is not in the club's plans.

Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro has decided he would like to hand in a transfer request according to reports in Italy following heavy speculation of a move to Chelsea.

Chelsea insist that there are no problems between the club and Conte, and fully expect him to sign the new £9.6m-a-year deal that is on the table waiting for him when he returns from holiday.

He added: "I do not know how Alex Sandro reacted". And 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.