According to Nicola Balice of Calciomercato.com, the offer is the third the Premier League champions have lodged for the full-back. It's said to include €70 million up front, with a further €10 million in potential add-ons.
After it was turned down, Balice reported the Chelsea head coach was particularly unhappy: "Conte is furious as he really wants the star wing-back, but things are not looking great as of now for Chelsea." The Blues were said to be hopeful the Brazilian would agitate for a transfer.
After Chelsea's loss to Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, B/R's Gianni Verschueren expected some fresh links to the player:
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Need Chelsea to win today. Can't even stand the thought of a new batch of Alex Sandro rumours if they lose today, and you know it'll happen2017-8-12 14:29:19
Juventus' resistance is no surprise, as they have already lost some key players in defence this summer. Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci departed for Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, respectively.
Sandro has evolved into a critical player in Turin, too, providing an irrepressible presence on the left flank. As noted by OptaPaolo, the Brazilian is effective when he gets forward:
90 - Alex Sandro created 90 chances from open play in the last 2 Serie A campaigns, at least 21 more than any other defender. Jewel. https://t.co/2bZ7QV1Vdk2017-6-26 12:29:07
But Sandro is just as productive in his defensive work, too, as he has the energy needed to recover position and win tackles. Alongside compatriot Marcelo, he's the outstanding left-back in football.
Chelsea used Marcos Alonso on the left flank for long spells last season, and he did brilliantly. It means they are not short of a quality in this position, though Sandro would give the Blues a different dimension.
Blues Set to Miss Out on Joao Cancelo
It's reported that the full-back is set to move to Inter Milan on loan, with Geoffrey Kondogbia heading to the Mestalla in return. The Blues have been linked with a move for the Portuguese, as have Tottenham Hotspur.
Archer added that Conte wants to bring in competition for Victor Moses, who was used as a right-wing-back last season. Chelsea were also linked with a move for Danilo, though he ended up making the switch to Manchester City.
Cancelo would have been an interesting acquisition. Here is a glimpse at what he could have brought to Stamford Bridge:
Per Squawka Football, Cancelo loves to bustle forward and take on opponents:
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João Cancelo has completed 114 take-ons since 2015/16; Filipe Luís is the only LaLiga defender to complete more (145). Attacking RB. 💨 https://t.co/2jlGd65EAF2017-8-9 10:34:01
Moses did a fantastic job in an unfamiliar role in 2016-17, giving Chelsea a penetrative outlet during their most recent title-winning season. Without him, the Blues lacked an edge out wide.
With so many more matches to negotiate this season, Conte needs another natural in the wing-back position. Cancelo, who loves to raid forward, would have been ideal. But it appears as though Chelsea will have to turn their attention elsewhere if they are to bolster this facet of the team.