There he goes, our beautiful world.
According to Sky Italia journalist Angelo Mangiante, who had his finger correctly on the pulse of the Rudiger dealings a couple weeks ago, Chelsea are now officially out on Alex Sandro. With Juventus raising the price to around €75m last week, Chelsea had apparently submitted one last bid at €70m plus add-ons, but after the sudden departure of Leonardo Bonucci, Juve have closed off this transfer.
Chelsea offered € 70 M + add-ons for Alex Sandro, last official bid. Juventus turned it down. No more chance after loosing Bonucci— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) July 14, 2017
The story all along had been that Juventus would not stand in Alex Sandro’s way if he chose to leave, but he player didn’t seem to be agitating too greatly for such an outcome, especially after getting his new contract offer (unsigned as yet) while Juventus just kept raising the price, from €50m to €60m to €70m and beyond. Eventually, just like Chelsea's Koulibaly pursuit last summer, this saga ended in failure as well.
At least this time we still have half the transfer window left to acquire a reinforcement for the left wing-back position (unless Kenedy suddenly developed into something tremendous), unlike last summer when we had to scramble in the final few days.
It was a fun dream while it lasted, Alex Sandro, though it seemed unlikely from the very start.