Juventus remain keen on signing Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea and will reportedly offer Alex Sandro as part of the deal.
Emerson has repeatedly been linked with a return to Serie A, having struggled to establish himself as first-choice under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues boss is know to be in the market for another left-back, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and versatile Real Madrid star Achraf Hakimi both on his radar, but Chelsea could turn their attention to Serie A instead.
Tuttosport claims that Juve are confident about securing the signature of Emerson, who previously played for Roma, with Chelsea already having quoted the Italian champions £22m for the player.
However, the report claims that the Turin giants want to explore the option of a loan deal and will offer Sandro as part of any transfer.
The Brazilian has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea over the past few seasons, particularly when Antonio Conte was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The report adds that Juve could use Sandro to sweeten the deal, although they value the 29-year-old at a higher price than Emerson, so Chelsea would also have to cough-up a fee.
For his part, Emerson has denied he wants to quit the Blues due to a falling out with Lampard.
Reports from Italy claimed there had been a bust-up, but Emerson flat-batted that talk last month.
“The world is going through a really difficult moment and there are journalists who want to spread fake news around to have content,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I don’t speak too much, but here is my only and last statement regarding this news.
“I never said that and I think definitely the opposite of what was mentioned (without my knowledge). Respect and gratitude always. Enjoy your family.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have taken “pole position” in the race to sign one of Europe’s most promising defenders, according to reports in Germany.
The player in question is Nnamdi Collins, a 16-year-old centre-back who is progressing through the youth ranks at Borussia Dortmund.
Collins has been tracked by Chelsea over the past three years as they look to add strong foreign talent to their academy ranks, but recent reports suggested Manchester City could rival them for his signature. Read more…