Chelsea’s £61m bid approved by Juventus as star agrees to join Premier League champions

Chelsea are closing in on Alex Sandro after Juventus gave their approval to a new, improved offer, while the defender has told the club he wants to move to west London.

Antonio Conte has made the Brazilian a top target this summer despite Marcos Alonso’s excellent form en route to the Premier League title, identifying the Juve wing-back as a significant upgrade.

And now Corriere della Sera are reporting that the deal is expected to be concluded swiftly after Chelsea matched Juve’s asking price with an offer of €70 million (£61.2m).

The Old Lady are satisfied with the proposal, while Sandro has already agreed terms on a lucrative package with the Blues.

Given all those ingredients are in place, the transfer should be wrapped up quickly, with Juventus already drawing up a list of replacements.

The Serie A champions have looked into the possibility of bringing Leonardo Spinazzola back from his two-year loan at Atalanta early, though an agreement is proving complicated to reach.

Instead, Max Allegri is looking at a pair of Italians, AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio and Manchester United’s versatile full-back Matteo Darmian.

This summer is turning into a testing one for Juve, with Sandro heading to Chelsea, Leonardo Bonucci wanted by several Premier League clubs, and Dani Alves set to terminate his contract and move to Manchester City.

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