Chelsea persist with efforts to sign top 26-year-old defender – report

Chelsea are still looking to complete a deal to sign Juventus defender Alex Sandro, according to reports in Italy

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea are still working on a potential deal to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to reports in Italy.

Italian website Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that the Premier League champions are persisting with their interest in the Brazil international.

The same article reveals that the Serie A holders are determined to keep the Brazil international in Turin despite interest from Chelsea.

But the west London side are hoping that their persistence could see Sandro force Juventus’ hand before the close of the summer transfer window.

Chelsea made a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign on Saturday following a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata and David Luiz scored second-half goals to offer hope of a comeback after Burnley led 3-0 at half-time at the defending champions.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas were both sent off to leave the title holders with nine men.

Juventus suffered a setback at the weekend as well after the Serie A champions lost 3-2 to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup.

The Blues won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge

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