Chelsea's Alex 'Would Love to Play in Italy' as Juventus Begin Talks

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IAugust 20, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Alex of Chelsea holds off the challenge from Somen Tchoyi of West Brom during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on August 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Alex of Chelsea holds off the challenge from Somen Tchoyi of West Brom during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on August 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Juventus' search for another centre-back has taken them all over Europe, with Juventus previously interested in signing Nemanja Vidic and Diego Lugano.

However, now their attention has turned to Chelsea's Brazilian centre-back Alex, and the move now appears more and more likely.

According to Goal.com the 29-year-old Alex commented on a possible future with Juventus. "I am aware of Juventus' interest, but I think they want to sign me on loan and this would not be a real alternative for me or Chelsea," Alex said.

He stated, "My agent has been contacted by Juventus, I am 29 years old and it would be a great opportunity. I would love to play in Italy and I hope I can realise this dream before I retire."

Since the arrival of fellow Brazilian David Luiz at Chelsea, Alex has been pushed down out of the starting 11 and usually finds himself on the bench.

However, Alex has made it clear that he wants to move away from Chelsea on a permanent deal; seeing as though a loan would not offer anything new to the Brazilian international.

Alex would form a formidable partnership with Giorgio Chiellini at the back at Juventus. Combined with Lichtsteiner and Ziegler on the flanks, Juventus' defence would prove to be one of their strongest areas on the pitch.