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Blues reluctant to meet asking price for £60 million rated defender

Chelsea’s proposed move for Juventus defender Alex Sandro has hit a roadblock, after the Serie A side have demanded £60 million for his signature – a fee the Blues are unwilling to match.

The Brazil international has been a long-term target for Antonio Conte, and the Italian was hopeful he could land his man this month after failing to secure a deal for him in the summer.

The Blues were put off by Juve’s valuation of the defender during the summer, and it appears the same has happened again, with The Old Lady refusing to drop their asking price for the want-away star.

Sandro has stated his desire to leave Juventus, and it is believed the club will part ways with the 26-year-old should the right offer come in.

However, the Daily Mail report Chelsea are reluctant to pay such a large fee for a player who cannot be guaranteed first team football at Stamford Bridge, given the impressive form of first choice left-back Marcos Alonso this season.

Alonso has been one of Chelsea’s stand-out players this season.

The Spaniard has scored six goals already this season and cemented his place as one of the Premier League’s finest full-backs.

Chelsea had wanted Sandro to ease the pressure on Alonso, who has started 27 games for Conte’s side this campaign, however may now turn elsewhere for a cheaper option – potentially in Fulham’s highly rated youngster Ryan Sessegnon.

Sandro – who has scored six goals in 95 appearances since joining from Porto for £23m in 2015 – has also attracted interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.