JUVENTUS general manager Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Chelsea made a “very big” bid for Alex Sandro.
Sandro joined Juventus from Porto in 2015 and has been key to Max Allegri’s wing-back system.
This season he was one of Juve’s key performers as they won Serie A and the Coppa Italia but finished runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Marcos Alonso currently occupies the left wing-back position for Chelsea and also enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Blues as they regained the Premier League title.
But Antonio Conte is determined to strengthen his squad this summer and has identified Sandro as the man he wants.
Earlier this month it was reported Conte met with Sandro’s agent to discuss the deal and that Chelsea had made a £34.7m (40m euros) bid.
And Marotta has admitted Juve rejected Chelsea’s offer but appeared to leave the door open for Sandro to leave.
“Chelsea made a very big offer for Alex Sandro,” Marotta told Corriere della Sera.
“We said no, but today players are masters of their own destiny.”
Juventus are understood to want around £43.4m (50m euros) for Sandro.