Zenit's Italian manager Luciano Spalletti contacted the Stamford Bridge clubpersonally to ask about the prospects of signing the 28-year-old.
Hard hitter: Alex (right) is attracting the attention of Russian outfit Zenit
Alex, capped 17 times for Brazil, dropped behind new signing David Luiz in thepecking order for central defensive places after suffering a thigh injury.
Former Roma boss Spalletti, who won the Russian league and cup double with Zenit last year, wants Alex's height and strength in the air to help defend both trophies.
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