Juventus will not stand in way of Chelsea target Alex Sandro

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Chelsea target Alex Sandro is the subject of a “substantial offer” from an unnamed club and Juventus insist they will not stand in the left-back’s way if he wishes to leave Turin.

Reports suggest the Bianconeri have received a bid over double the 26 million euro (£23m) fee they paid Porto two years ago for the Brazilian.

It was Blues manager Antonio Conte who signed Sandro, who has won back-to-back league and cup doubles at the Juventus Stadium, and they could be reunited this summer.

Juve are keen to hang on to Sandro – who would provide competition for Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta at Stamford Bridge – but will allow him to depart if he wants to.

Chief executive and general manager Giuseppe Marotta told Corriere dello Sport: “A substantial offer has arrived.

“We have no intention of selling anyone but if a player decides to leave, as has happened in previous years, then at the end of the day he has to go.”

“We don’t keep anyone against their will, but at the moment there are no such situations and I hope nobody will leave.”

Meanwhile, Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick is undergoing a medical at Juventus ahead of a proposed move from Sampdoria.

The 21-year-old, currently part of the Czech squad for the European Under-21 Championship, has been given permission to travel from Poland to Turin with a view to finalising a transfer worth a reported 25million euros (£22million).

Serie A champions Juve confirmed on their website on Thursday morning that Schick had checked in for his medical at around 0900 CET, and added: “A formal confirmation of the move is expected later in the afternoon.”

Schick joined Samp from Sparta Prague last summer and scored against Juve on his first start, finishing the season with 13 goals in all club competitions. He has won five senior caps and scored one goal.

He was the top scorer as the Czech under-21 team qualified for Euro 2017 top of Group One, netting 10 goals in nine games. They face Denmark on Saturday in their final Group C match, having lost 2-0 to Germany in their opener before toppling Italy 3-1 on Wednesday.

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Mario Balotelli: Former Man City striker set to stay at Nice despite Torino rumours

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Italian international striker Mario Balotelli is determined to stay at Ligue 1 outfit Nice next season, club president Jean-Pierre Rivere revealed on Thursday.

“I can tell you three things – one, he’s a player who wants to continue with us; two, he’s ready to make a financial effort; three, discussions are continuing,” said Rivere.

“It’s a complicated dossier,” said a source close to the discussions, adding that the player could extend by two years with a monthly salary of 450,000 euros ($502,000).

Balotelli — who played in Italy for AC Milan and Inter Milan and England with Liverpool and Manchester City — joined Nice in 2016, with his 15 goals helping lift the team to third in Ligue 1 and a Champions League spot next season.

The 26-year-old could opt to stay in France and try to resurrect his international career with Italy for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Balotelli has scored 13 times in 33 international appearances, but hasn’t played for Italy since featuring in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay that saw the Azzurri eliminated during the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Barcelona close in on big-money transfer for Paris Saint-Germain ace Marco Verratti

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In talks with Barca: Verratti.

Transfer speculation is dominating the football agenda every day this summer with rumours aplenty about players from throughout Europe’s big leagues.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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MARCO VERRATTI

Barcelona have moved a step closer to landing long-term transfer target Marco Verratti this summer.

It has been common knowledge for some time that the La Liga giants want the PSG man to be the linchpin of a new-look midfield under Ernesto Valverde.

According to Don Balon, the 24-year-old Italy has been the subject of a £61m offer from the Catalan side – a bid that could well be enough to convince PSG to offload the combative star.

Despite all the speculation surrounding his future, Verratti has yet to lay his cards on the table and speak out about his next move.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The transfer saga surrounding the Italy international has been ongoing for some time but let’s not forget he is still contracted to the Parc de Princes until 2021…expect the deal to happen though.

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti controls the ball during the French League Cup final football match Monaco (ASM) vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on April 1, 2017 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Verratti looks set for La Liga.

ELIAQUIM MANGALA

Lyon are expected to wrap-up a deal for the French defender this week, according to L’Equipe.

The Manchester City star, who spent last season on loan at Valencia, has been deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola and is expected to be shown the exit door before the Blues return to first-team training next month.

Mangala, who joined City in August 2014 for a reported £31.8 million, has failed to fully justify that price tag and is thought to be keen to move to his homeland.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Lyon will be hoping they can sign the 26-year-old for a fraction of the fee he cost Man City three years ago.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on April 19, 2016 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Mangala was under heavy scrutiny at City following below-par performances.

ANDRES INIESTA

Pep Guardiola is set for further talks with the Barcelona legend in the coming days, according to Sport.

As was reported on Tuesday, the Manchester City boss made a surprise approach for the 33-year-old – a player he knows all too well from his trophy-laden four-year spell as boss at the Nou Camp.

Signing Iniesta would be very much a short-term option but he still has the quality to produce at the highest level.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 21: Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Eibar at Camp Nou on 21 May, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona icon: Iniesta.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The Spanish legend has one more year left on his Nou Camp contract, and while it may be tempting to re-join Guardiola in England, most people would expect him to stay in Catalonia.

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