Lugano looks set to sign a new contract to keep him in Istanbul and the Italians are lining up a Ł10million move for Alex, who moved to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindhoven in 2007.
Andre Villas-Boas is looking to freshen his squad by selling some of the players he does not expect to feature in the first team, and is unlikely to stand in the way of Alex.
he 29-year-old’s sale for an eight-figure fee would represent a big profit on a defender they originally signed from Santos and ‘parked’ in Eindhoven as he met the work permit criteria to come to England.
Alex missed the first four games of pre-season with a knee injury but returned in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy last Saturday.
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