Jose Mourinho’s Long-Term Target Not For Sale, Claim Tuttosport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

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Manchester United have become a defensive powerhouse of sorts since Jose Mourinho took over and it comes as no surprise that the team’s back line was among the best in the Premier League last season.

United goalkeeper David De Gea won the golden glove award, and while Mourinho has been criticised for not attacking enough, there is no doubt that his tactical brilliance has worked wonders at the back.

But it seems that the Portuguese boss isn’t quite satisfied with his current crop of defenders, and has already signed former Porto full-back Diogo Dalot in order to sure up the right- and left-back positions.

However, Dalot is still just 19 years old and may not start every game for the Reds in the coming season. So it was only logical for Mourinho to pursue another senior and experienced campaigner who would fit the bill better.

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It has been long reported by several outlets throughout Europe that Alex Sandro from Juventus was the man the club was after, with Jose singing his praises in an attempt to lure him to Old Trafford.

However, Tuttosport in Italy are claiming that the 27-year-old may not be for sale at all.

The Brazilian may not be a regular for his country but has been considered an integral part of the Turin side, and the report claims that there is no interest in selling a player who is still under contract with them.

Another interested party are Paris Saint-Germain, who are actively chasing the full-back to settle that particular position in their team.

As far as Manchester United are concerned, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw still dominate the position, and could well be the top candidates to play there if a deal to sign Sandro or any other left-back falls through.

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