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Juventus also join the race for Chelsea target Alex Telles — report

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As expected

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While Chelsea are usually stated as the front-runners in the race to sign Alex Telles, his relatively low release clause of €40m (he could be available for even cheaper!) makes him an attractive proposition for any club looking to sign a left back, especially in the current economic climate. PSG were reported to be interested recently, and now it looks like Juventus have joined the fray as well, per Tuttosport (via Goal).

According to the report, Juventus are looking for a player to deputize for their first-choice left back, Alex Sandro. With ex-Chelsea man Juan Cuadrado and Danilo covering the opposite flank, and Mattia de Sciglio unrequited (a swap deal with PSG for Kurzawa fell through in January), the Old Lady want to bring in a specialized left back.

While Emerson Palmieri is the primary target, should Alex Sandro, who has also been linked with a move to PSG, depart the club, Juventus would have the funds to move in for Telles. On-loan youngster, Luca Pellegrini would become the backup in such a scenario.

The competition for Telles was always going to increase because of his availability and cheap asking price, and while Chelsea probably would have loved to get a deal done early, the COVID-19 pandemic is massively impacting transfer activities in every respect.

Stay tuned.