Sunday August 14 2011
Juve want Alex, but only on loan

Juventus have been linked with a £7.5m bid for Chelsea defender Alex, but Italian sources say they only want him on loan.

This week the British media suggested Juve director general Beppe Marotta was flying out to London for advanced negotiations over the 29-year-old.

However, the Gazzetta dello Sport insists there is no truth to the reports that the Bianconeri are prepared to offer £7.5m.

Instead, Juve hope to take the Brazilian on loan from Stamford Bridge with an option to buy at the end of the season.

If they are to splash the cash for a reinforcement in defence, Juventus would rather spend the money on 20-year-old Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates from Nacional.