Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly identified Celtic youngster, Kieran Tierney, as a potential target to fill in the left-back position in his line-up.
United are keen on adding a quality left-back to their ranks, but due to the limited transfer budget, along with Mourinho’s demand to sign a world class winger, the Old Trafford outfit might not be able to persuade a reputed star to join their side.
However, according to the report from Daily Record, the scouting staff of the Red Devils has identified not one, but two young stars as potential targets for the defensive role.
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Celtic’s Kieran Tierney has emerged as a possible candidate to fill Luke Shaw’s boots in United’s starting line-up. The 20-year-old has already featured in two Champions League campaigns for the Scottish Champions, and has also cemented his spot in Scotland’s national side.
The second and ‘a younger, more economical option’ which has been proposed is Fulham’s teen sensation, Ryan Sessegnon.
However, it was also reported that the Portuguese tactician would ‘prefer to recruit a more experienced left-back if the club’s budget allows’.
The €70 million-rated Juventus star, Alex Sandro, is said to be the one Mourinho is aiming to land, but his huge price tag may convince the Special One to go for Tierney or Sessegnon instead.
Also, the Scottish left-back recently penned a six-year deal until 2023 with the Bhoys, and considering his love for the club, it’ll be hard to persuade him to move to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw’s latest transition in form and his attitude has impressed Mourinho, because of which the Red Devils are considering to go for cheaper options in the form of Tierney and Sessegnon rather than spending €70 million on Sandro.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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