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Juventus identify potential Alex Sandro replacement as Chelsea rumors intensify — report

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During the summer transfer window, Juventus left-back Alex Sandro was deemed unsellable but this apparently is no longer the case, with the promised contract extension never arriving from the Old Lady and the player himself not quite living up to previous expectations with his recent performances. All of that has resulted in a bit of unhappiness and has opened up the prospect of Juve potentially selling the 26-year-old.

In fact, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Juventus have already started looking for viable replacements and have possibly identified one in AS Roma’s Emerson Palmieri.

The question now — beyond just the basic veracity of this rumor — is whether Chelsea are willing to part with upwards of €60 million or whatever it would still probably take to get Alex Sandro. Chelsea were supposedly willing to offer that much in the summer, but it remains a fairly daunting proposition to get used to such high transfer fees.

The obvious answer is "no" but in Silly Season, you can never be sure! And the fact remains that Marcos Alonso still needs at least a proper backup or an actual challenger for his first-team spot.