As the transfer window wears on, it’s looking increasingly likely that Alex Sandro won’t be a Juventus player come next season.
The left-back enjoyed a fine campaign in Serie A, helped Juventus to the Champions League final, and, as a result, has been linked with a litany of heavyweight admirers.
Goal have reported that Chelsea are primed to move for Alex Sandro, and are plotting a deal which would make the Brazil international the world’s most expensive defender.
Antonio Conte’s side are also intending to more than double the 26-year-old’s wages, although they may yet face competition from both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Alex Sandro was one of the reasons why Kwadwo Asamoah reportedly handed in a transfer request in the aftermath of Juve’s Champions League final defeat by Barcelona, with the former FC Porto man preferred by Massimiliano Allegri on the left side of the defence.
Consequently, Asamoah made 18 league appearances last season, with many coming towards the end of the campaign as the Italian giants opted to play their strongest side in Europe and the cup, with a second string deputising in Serie A.
While the Ghana international played 1470 minutes in the top flight, his left-back rival played 2310, scoring three along the way.
With Alex Sandro still at the club, it’s hard to see Asamoah’s situation changing much next season. He may be one of the world’s best reserve left-backs…but essentially, that’s all he is!
This is even without beginning to consider the fact that left-back isn’t even the position where the Ghana international originally made his name in the sport.
Before the heavyweight interest in Alex Sandro, Asamoah had been heavily tipped for the exit door, with West Ham United, Southampton and Trabzonspor just some of the clubs considering a move for the heavily decorated Black Star.
Providing his injury concerns are firmly behind him, ‘Asabob’ could be a valuable asset—in midfield or down the left—for any of the aforementioned clubs.
However, should Alex Sandro depart for Chelsea or either of his other admirers, would Allegri also be willing to let Asamoah leave?
The former Udinese man is still only 28 and could have some peak years ahead of him, while Juve have already lost Dani Alves this summer, while Stephan Lichtsteiner has been heavily linked with a move to OGC Nice as he enters the final 12 months of his deal.
Losing two to three full-backs in one window could well be majorly disruptive for Allegri and the Old Lady. To lose four? That surely, would leave the club with too much work to do during the coming months.
Should Alex Sandro depart, then Asamoah might also see an opportunity for himself to take on a greater role within this fine Juve side. That, surely, would appeal to the talented operator, who must surely believe that he has unfinished business in Turin.