Chelsea have not given up on signing Alex Sandro from Juventus this month, writes the London Evening Standard.
However, the report suggests the Blues are still relying on the Brazil international handing in a transfer request.
Juventus maintain that Alex Sandro is not for sale, but Chelsea are expected to make further attempts before the summer transfer window draws to a close.
Sandro has long been considered the perfect man for Conte’s wing-back role but Juventus have refused to entertain the idea of selling him — even for a world-record figure for a defender — as they chase Champions League glory.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger have arrived at Stamford Bridge in big-money deals but Chelsea have also lost a number of key figures such as John Terry and Nemanja Matic.
Players are reluctant to make official transfer requests as it can cost them loyalty payments in their contracts.