Juventus are prepared for the departure of first-choice left-back Alex Sandro and have turned their attention away from Kieran Tierney, onto Porto’s Alex Telles, according to UOL Esporte, via Football Italia. 

What’s the story, then?

The report states that in light of interest from Paris Saint-Germain in luring Sandro away, the Serie A champions have bid 30m euros (£26.8m) for his countryman Telles.

It also says that Porto are holding out for 40m euros, which is the current release clause in the contract of the left-back who does have experience of the Italian game after a loan spell with Inter in the 2015/16 season.

Last week, it looked as if popular Bhoys star Tierney was Juve’s top choice to replace Sandro, with the Daily Record reporting that they were interested in the Scotsman, valued at £30m by Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic have once again maintained their resolve

It is important not to portray Juventus turning their attention elsewhere as a twist of fate that is cause for Celtic to breathe a major sigh of relief.

The Bhoys have been unswerving in their £30m valuation of Tierney and it looks as if Juventus have become the latest richer side fended off, after Everton and Manchester United cooled their interest.

That is a credit to the strength of the club and the way that Rodgers has built something at Celtic Park that is worth sticking around for; and what a boost keeping Tierney would be for fans and players alike.

Sam Preston