The future of bulky Chelsea centre-half Alex has been one of the most intriguing deals in the transfer window thus far.
A host of English clubs, including QPR and Aston Villa, have been linked with the former PSV Eindhoven player but sources inside the club are of the understanding that Alex has set his heart on a move to Bayern Munich – a club he was significantly linked with this summer.
Every man and his dog know that the Brazilian is no longer is in the plans of manager Andre Villas Boas, and has handed in a transfer request.
Alex, 29, has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season, making only three appearances in the Premier League as Villas Boas has kept the faith with fellow Brazilian David Luiz.
The major stumbling block in the deal is the fact that Alex will be unavailable for Bayern’s Champions League campaign as he has already featured for Chelsea in the Group stages. The German club are however, still very keen to add the centre-half to their squad, with around £2m likely to be the price tag.
The player is rumoured to be in no rush to make a decision however, especially now with big spending QPR on the scene, whom he apparently held talks with on Tuesday. Chelsea’s west-London rivals have the spending power, courtesy of wealthy chairman Tony Fernandes, to compete with the likes of Bayern on the wage front and the deal to move across to SW10 would make sense financially for the player.
But Germany has always been Alex’s preferred destination and according to sources, QPR, or any other club, will need to pay well over the odds in order to change his mind.