CHELSEA will go back with an improved £60 million offer for Alex Sandro in the next few days and Juventus are resigned to the deal being done if he is guaranteed improved wages.
Chelsea had seen a £52m bid for the Brazilian left back turned down last week but the 26-year-old remains a top target for Antonio Conte and the club are determined to push a deal through to keep their manager happy.
Sandro, who has been away on international duty with Brazil, is on around £75,000-a-week at Juventus, a figure Chelsea can easily improve on, and the defender has been told his club will not stand in his way if he makes it clear he wants to go.
Chelsea also face competition from Manchester City and Paris St Germain but manager Conte is determined to get his man, and either way, Juventus stand to make a healthy profit on the £23m they paid Porto for the player two years ago.
Conte has been concerned about a lack of transfer activity at Chelsea in the past two weeks but efforts are now being stepped up to clinch several deals, with midfielder Teimoue Bakayoko’s £50m deal from Monaco expected to be completed this week.
Chelsea insist that there are no problems between the club and Conte, and fully expect him to sign the new £9.6m-a-year deal that is on the table waiting for him when he returns from holiday.
But the club are aware that the Italian is impatient for deals to be struck soon to improve the squad for a Champions League assault next season and negotiations are being duly intensified.
An £80m deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku looks likely to have to wait, with the striker still on holiday, and not due back until around July 1.
Sandro impressed as Juventus won the Serie A title this year and reached the Champions League final, and is one the players Conte is looking to upgrade his side in several different positions next season.
The Brazilian played 43 games for Juventus last season, scoring three goals and making five assists.
Monaco star Bakayoko starred as Monaco won Ligue 1 last term but his arrival does not automatically mean that Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic will leave, with Manchester United keen, because Conte is keen on options in all positions.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero is also set to move to Stamford Bridge in a deal that will be confirmed this week on a free transfer, as back up to Belgian No 1 Thibaut Courtois.