More claims that Manchester City are serious about Alex Sandro; fee and wages discussed

Earlier today, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo broke the potentially huge news that Manchester City have opened talks about a possible deal with Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

It was reported that the Premier League side are willing to shell out a staggering €50 million (£42.4 million) for the 26-year-old, a player who Pep Guardiola is said to have personally requested.

Juventus rate Alex Sandro so highly – and are still hopeful of him signing a new contract – that even that amount may not be enough, but Tuttosport have further details of City’s interest that offers hope of Guardiola getting his man.

The Italian newspaper claims that City are willing to pay €50 million (£42.4 million), as O Jogo reported, but could go as high as €60 million (£50.9 million), which would be the sort of offer that even tough negotiators Juventus might not be able to resist.

It isn’t just a huge fee that City are willing to invest in. They are prepared to offer Alex Sandro more than €4 million (£3.4 million) a season in wages, and that is presumably after tax, which is how Italian press tends to write about salaries.

Another claim by the Turin-based newspaper is that City had an agreement with Sandro’s entourage two years ago for him to run down his FC Porto contract and join on a free transfer. But then Juventus offered €26 million to the Portuguese giants and he moved to Italy.

Juventus desperately want to keep their star left-back, but as Tuttosport points out, he could find it difficult to resist the temptation of City with a superior salary on offer and a chance to play in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

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