The Brazilian arrived at Heathrow Airport on Sunday to discuss personal terms and was cleared to enter the country. However, after a small delay, he opted to return home voluntarily - scotching suggestions that he had been barred from the UK.
A statement issued by Chelsea said: "Alex was due to arrive into England on Sunday to discuss personal terms. Chelsea Football Club are in the process of applying for a work permit for the player in line with normal football and employment procedure."
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