Turin side want Stamford Bridge duo.
Juventus are planning to swoop for Chelsea pair Florent Malouda and Alex before the transfer windows closes next Wednesday.
The Blues have embarked on something of a spending spree in recent days having signed Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu and Thibaut Courtois for a combined total in excess of £50m. A £30m bid for Luka Modric has also been lodged with Tottenham Hotspur while they have offered FC Porto £17m for Alvaro Perreira. With UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules kicking in this season and Chelsea’s squad now boasting more than the 17 overseas players allowed by the Premier League, the need to trim the wage bill and the playing staff is apparent.
Juventus are willing to help them out by taking the duo off their hands. Reports are circling that a bid for Malouda has been alreadty been made for around £8m and is likely to be accepted by the Londoners who feel that the price represents good value for a 31-year-old.
An approach to take Alex to Turin on loan has already been rebuffed by both the player and his club, though a permanent move would be welcomed. With Chelsea already boasting central defensive options in John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Oriol Romeu and youngster Nathaniel Chalobah, a fee of £9m would be enough to prise the 29-year-old from Stamford Bridge.
Juventus are keen on re-building their squad after a couple of lean years and have already snapped up a wealth of talent this summer, spending in excess of £60m bringing in the likes of Mirko Vucinic, Reto Ziegler, Arturo Vidal and Stephan Lichtsteiner plus Andrea Pirlo on a free transfer from AC Milan.
Now boss Antonio Conte is said to be keen on Chelsea pair Florent Malouda and Alex, both of whom may find their first team spots under pressure this season.
The arrival of Juan Mata may further hamper Malouda’s place in Andre Villas-Boas’s first team plans, having already been hauled off after an hour in their first fixture and starting, and scoring, the West Brom game from the bench. The 31 year old has been a success at the West London club, netting 43 goals in just over 150 appearances for Chelsea.
Alex has started both the first two games of the season but may find his spot taken by David Luiz when the Brazilian returns from injury. The former PSV Eindhoven man has had a patchy time of it at Stamford Bridge and may be interested in a move to Serie A.