Former Chelsea defender gaining interest from Italian giants

Former Chelsea defender Alex is apparently on the shopping list of Italian club AC Milan. PSG are looking at giving him a new deal.

Italian giants AC Milan are already making plans for next season, with two of Paris Saint-Germain's players on their radar. According to Mercato365, Former Chelsea defender Alex, and former Roma winger Jeremy Menez are on the shortlist for new coach Clarence Seedorf.

Menez would be very likely to leave Paris this summer; the 26-year-old has become a fringe player at the Parc des Princes in the last 12 months. With PSG constantly looking to strengthen, the chances of Menez gaining his place back seem very small. One of his former clubs Monaco are also meant to be interested, but he will be wary of the same situation happening in Monte Carlo, under the ownership of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Menez played for Monaco when he was 19, but then moved to Italy in 2008 and played three years with AS Roma in the Italian capital. Menez game suited Italy and it is understood he would be interested in a move back and start a new chapter in Serie A.

For Alex, the door isn't as closed as it is for Menez. The Brazilian defender is trusted by his compatriot and PSG captain, Thiago Silva. It is understood that Silva has a say in the transfer business of the club and he is not keen on seeing Alex moved on, preferring if the former Chelsea centre-back stayed at the club and helped bring through their third Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos.

In the same day that he was linked with a move away from Paris there has also been rumours that he could sign a new contract as early as next week. It would be a year extension, keeping him signed up until June 2015. Thiago Silva was quote as being quite pleased with the news.

"We discussed another year and good news could happen very soon, maybe even next week," said the Brazilian international.

Alex would join another Brazilian, midfielder Thiago Motta in signing a new deal with the club. He has also extended his contract for another year.

The only reason that PSG would consider letting Alex go would be to free up one of their non-EU spaces in the squad. Perhaps if Laurent Blanc and QSI discover another South American that they want to bring in, Alex could be on the Parisian chopping block.

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