Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is weighing up the option of selling Brazilian International Alex to AC Milan in order to fund the purchase of Kleber from Brazilian side Santos, according to The Sun.
Milan have been heavily linked with a move for William Gallas at Arsenal as the Rossoneri look to shore up a defence at the San Siro that age has caught up with. Alessandro Nesta along with Milan legend Paolo Maldini are both coming to the end of distinguished careers with the Serie A giants, which means coach Carlo Ancelotti must bring in reinforcements this month.
However, at 26-years-old Alex is a more attractive proposition to Gallas, who is 5-years older than the Brazilian, with the Blues understood to be prepared to let Alex leave Stamford Bridge for around £10million as long as they can secure the services of left-back Kleber.
28-year-old Kleber has been at Santos since joining from FC Basel in 2005 and was handed his first cap for Brazil by Scolari in 2002. It is thought that a fee in the region of £2million could be enough to bring Kleber to the Premier League club, but Chelsea could face competition from Manchester City, who Kleber has been suggested to the board at the Eastlands Stadium as a possible target by British record signing Robinho.
“I had a year in Europe with Hannover and the experience was great,” said Kleber.
“Robinho told me he was going to suggest me to the Man City board. If he gets me to play in Manchester, I will be thankful for the rest of my life.
“It would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’d say ‘yes’ straight away.”