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Juventus Sign Brazil Left-Back Alex Sandro

sandro-juventusBrazilian left-back Alex Sandro has snubbed reported interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid to sign for Juventus from Porto.

The full-back passed his Bianconeri medical earlier today, having arrived in Italy last night to complete the transfer.

“Porto and Juventus have reached an agreement for the sale of Alex Sandro to the Italian club on a permanent basis for €26m,” Porto confirmed on their official website.

“The 24-year-old left-back joined the Dragoes in 2011 and has been capped six times by Brazil.”

The 24-year-old joins the Turin giants on a five-year deal for €26m, to be paid over three years. A statement from Juventus said:

“Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Alex Sandro has completed a permanent switch from Porto for a fee of €26m, to be paid over the next three years. The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the club.”

Sandro will give Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri some flexibility with his formations as he confirms that he’s ‘comfortable’ in both a back-three and a back-four.

The Bianconeri alternated between 3-5-2 and 4-3-1-2 last season, and the €26m signing believes he has the versatility to fit into either system.

“I’m used to playing in both a back-three and a back-four,” Sandro told Juventus’ official website.

“Obviously in a three-man defence the left-sided defender has to push harder to join the attacks, but as I say, I can play in either a three-man or a four-man backline.”

Juventus, who won the league and Cup double last season but lost to Barcelona in the final of the UEFA Champions League, open the new Serie A season at home to Udinese on Sunday.

The first major challenge of the season for Massimiliano Allegri’s men is their away trip to title contenders Roma, who finished distant runners-up last season, on 30 August.

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