When Beppe Marotta speaks, we almost always listen. This time it’s no different.
Juventus’ director general has confirmed in an interview with the Corriere della Sera on Friday that the club has turned down a “very big” offer from Chelsea for left back Alex Sandro. Just how “big” this “very big” offer from the English champions — who are just so managed by Antonio Conte (at least for the time being anyway) -- remains to be seen, but rumors out of England and Italy suggest it could be in the range of €60 million.
That, my friends, is a lot of money. And that’s on top of what Juve have reportedly turned down for Sandro already, bids of €40 million and €50 million.
“Chelsea made a very big offer for Alex Sandro. We said no, but today players are masters of their own destiny.”
Source: Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia)
I mean, not to be playing total devils advocate here, but Beppe did leave the door open the slightest bit to something MAYBE happening down the road. Maybe.
But hey, Juventus has some world-class players on their squad, Chelsea is obviously looking to upgrade its squad as it returns to the Champions League, so it put two and two together as to why Conte and Co. would come knocking at Marotta’s door.
Marotta also spoke about Bayern Munich winger and current Juventus transfer target Douglas Costa:
“Thanks to Bayern we’ve contacted the agents for the player’s availability, but the Germans have to be willing to sell him and the price has to be something we can agree on.”
On top of confirming a bid for Sandro was rejected, Marotta stated that Juventus backup goalkeeper Neto is officially available with a reported move Wojciech Szczesny still working its way to being completed.
“To satisfy his requests, he’s on the market. Milan? We haven’t had any offers, for now.”