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Juventus identify Alex Sandro replacement as Manchester City close in on left-back – report

Juventus are already making contingency plans in the event they lose star left-back Alex Sandro to Manchester City, in what could be one of the blockbuster deals of the summer.

According to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Alex Sandro is becoming ‘increasingly enthralled’ by the idea of joining Pep Guardiola at City, and Juventus have identified former Chelsea full-back, Filipe Luís, who is currently at Spanish club Atlético Madrid, as Sandro’s replacement.

The 26-year-old Brazilian is still not certain to leave the Juventus Stadium this summer, but it is now reported that City could be willing to pay almost €70 million (£59.1 million), a world record fee for a full-back and an amount that Juventus would simply be unable to resist.

If Juventus could acquire €70 million for Alex Sandro, it would mean a €44 million profit after just two years at the club. Last season, they sold Paul Pogba to Manchester United for an outright world record fee of €105 million (£89.3 million) and though they can’t be called a selling club, they have proven that if the price is right they will do a deal.

Juventus’s first idea to replace Alex Sandro, were he to leave, was to sign a young promise and develop him, but after seeing how veteran Dani Alves has performed on the other flank, believe Filipe Luís would benefit them, particularly in the Champions League.


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