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Juventus move to tie up Alex Sandro amid strong interest from Manchester City

Since the early months of 2015, Brazilian left-back, Alex Sandro, has been linked repeatedly with a transfer to Manchester City. Given City’s weakness at left-back, an area which has been exploited time and time again over the years by smart coaches and players, it seemed a logical link, but the Blues missed their chance to grab him from FC Porto when Juventus instead snapped him up in mid-August 2015.

Still the links go on, however, with a number of Italian sources claiming over the past year that both Manchester City and Manchester United have tried to lure the 26-year-old away from Juventus, with no success.

Juventus have become wary of Pep Guardiola’s interest in particular, and according to Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, in an article for Calciomercato.com, the Old Lady are working on a contract extension and salary increase for the full-back, capped six times by Brazil. First contacts have been initiated with Alex Sandro’s camp about a new deal, with Juve said to be ‘calm’ about the situation and in no rush.

Aleksandar Kolarov and Gaël Clichy appear to be on borrowed time as Manchester City’s left-backs, meaning Guardiola will be aggressively pursuing a left-back – possibly even two. However, Alex Sandro, a player the Catalan coach is said to admire, is considered ‘simply indispensable’ by Juventus and City may find it an impossible task to prise him away from the Juventus Stadium.

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