Chelsea will try to sweeten up unsettled manager Antonio Conte with a £60million move swoop for his former Juventus star Alex Sandro, according to reports.
The Italian left the defender in Turin when he moved to Stamford Bridge but he has targeted a reunion since day one.
Chelsea have so far failed to land the left-back – along with a number of Conte’s other prime targets – but rumours of the manager’s unhappiness will force their hand, reports the Mirror.
In a recent Italian radio interview, Conte – who is wanted by AC Milan – admitted that he missed his homeland and fans fear he fancies a return.
He said: “I miss Italy, that’s beyond doubt.
“So, once I have had some important and life-changing experiences, I will be back.”
The title-winning boss also rejected a generous contract extension in the summer – after running away with the league – and instead took a handsome pay rise.
But it is no secret that all-action coach missed out on first-choice transfer targets like Romelu Lukaku, Leonardo Bonucci and Fernando Llorente in the summer, with Manchester United, AC Milan and Spurs benefiting instead.
And the new Stamford Bridge hero appears to be passing through west London rather than laying down roots for a legacy.
But snapping up the Brazilian left-back could convince Conte that the club have total faith in him on the pitch and in the transfer market.
Sandro has played four times for Juve this season and scored in the 4-0 win over Torino.
Current left-wing back Marcos Alonso is in sublime free-kick scoring form again but Sandro would be a perfect team-mate to help Chelsea compete for honours both at home and in Europe.