REVEALED: Manchester United’s 8-Man Centre-Back Shortlist

Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane celebrate after the match.

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Manchester United’s transfer plans have seen a seeming drop after a flurry of activity from last week. It now seems increasingly likely that the anticipated finishing off of all pieces of business prior to the World Cup commencing will not occur.

Keeping this in mind, it is very important to observe those individuals that were thought to be on the cusp of a move from weeks now. Leading that list is the name of Alex Sandro, and now a big update may have been provided.

As per MEN, Manchester United will not pursue Alex Sandro this summer, despite being in the market for a left-back if the right option opens up.

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A top-level club source has apparently revealed that Sandro is no longer a target, with the Brazilian reported to be mulling over a new contract at Juventus.

Further, the report adds that in addition to a left-back, Jose Mourinho has also prioritized the purchase of a centre-back and a second striker.

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The shortlist for the CB position is reported to be the following:  Raphael Varane, Jerome Boateng, Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Gimenez, and Caglar Soyuncu.

Moreover, a failure to land a left-back won’t worry the Portuguese gaffer, as multiple sources have reported that he considers Ashley Young and Luke Shaw to be decent options for the vital position.

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If they do invest, rather than going big, United are expected to pursue a cheap and developing option, not unlike Diogo Dalot, who they have brought in for the opposite flank. Incidentally, the youngster is also known to be versatile enough to function from the left-back spot.

It will be interesting to see where United go from here. Although Mourinho may consider it a possibility that is workable, their left-back woes have been quite strong, despite Young’s resilience in the spot.

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