One of the lengthier and more frustrating transfer sagas of the summer was Chelsea’s supposed chase for Alex Sandro, which sounded like a play for a new contract from the very beginning and unfolded exactly like that. In fact, it was quite similar to Chelsea’s lengthy and frustrating chase of Kalidou Koulibaly the summer before. The K2 saga that ended in a new contract, the Alex Sandro saga is set to end exactly like that as well.
That new deal can’t quite soon enough in fact as it’s getting quite tiring to keep seeing this story pop up even though there’s almost no chance of it ever happening — Alex Sandro never pushed for a transfer and Juventus weren’t going to ever let him go, certainly not after Leonardo Bonucci jumped ship.
The latest rumors piggyback off of Juve director Beppe Marotta’s comments over the weekend, when he reassured that they are working on contract extensions with not only the left back, but striker Paulo Dybala and the veteran Giorgio Chiellini as well.
“Paulo himself has asked for it, we will be renewing soon and we will also extend the contract to Alex Sandro.”
-Beppe Marotta; source: Gazzetta dello Sport via Google Translate
Gazzetta’s report, now echoed by Corriere dello Sport as well (via Star) claim that Alex Sandro is finally set to commit to Juventus until 2022 thanks to a significant pay rise to €5m net annual salary, almost doubling his current wages. That number sounds about right to what was rumored before. Chelsea had supposedly offered more, but couldn’t quite tempt the player himself.
Hopefully he gets on with the whole signing thing soon so we can be done with this (until next summer of course, or whenever).