Chelsea’s want-away defender Alex is set to join his former manager Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St. Germain.
Alex has rejected a move to Chelsea’s West London rivals Queen’s Park Rangers after the Loftus Road outfit refused to meet the Brazilian international’s wage demands. This will pave the way for Ancelotti to make the 29-year-old his latest signing at the French club following his purchase of Alex’s defensive compatriot Maxwell from Barcelona earlier in the month.
Alex has fallen out of favour at Chelsea under Andre Villa-Boas and last played for the club in their home Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool on November 29 2011. He has even been banned from the first team block at the club’s training ground in Cobham, Surrey.
QPR were given permission to begin talks with the player and were even reported to have agreed a fee with him but the defender has always stated that his preference would be either a return to his homeland or a move to Paris.
QPR’s failure to land the centre-back leaves manager Mark Hughes with just seven days to strengthen his squad ahead of next Tuesday’s transfer deadline day. A move for another Brazilian, Henrique, has also stalled after Rangers failed to secure a work permit for the youngster.
A week is however a long time in football and there is certain to be an intensification of transfer business as the clock ticks down to Tuesday’s midnight deadline.
Alex would do a good job for either of the North London sides vying for a Champions League spot but Chelsea would be extremely unlikely to sell to one of their closest rivals so I expect his £4million move to PSG to go through within the next week. PSG are currently top of Ligue1, three points ahead of nearest rivals Montpellier.
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