Manchester United have reportedly received the go-ahead signal in their pursuit of Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
The fact that Jose Mourinho, despite being in his second season at the Old Trafford club, is unaware of who his first-choice left-back is, comes as a massive shock given his team-building history at various clubs.
The likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, and Marcos Rojo have failed to make the position their own, whereas Luke Shaw has struggled to impress the Portuguese due to his fitness and commitment issues.
At present, Ashley Young happens to be the primary candidate to fill the spot, but given the fact that he is 32 years old, the Red Devils remain in pursuit of a long-term solution to their left-back issues.
United have been linked with Tottenham’s wantaway wide-man Danny Rose for a while, but there has been no development in this story, and negotiations are expected to be tough nonetheless, thanks to the London outfit’s stubborn chairman, Daniel Levy.
The source suggests that the Reds have already made an approach for the Brazil international, and the Old Lady has let the English outfit know that a January switch could materialise if the player’s £60 million price tag is met.
The Old Trafford giants won’t find it too difficult to meet these demands given their enormous financial resources, coupled with the fact that Mourinho could generate additional funds via the sale of defenders Matteo Darmian as well as Daley Blind.
Meanwhile, Juve are supposedly keen to offload Sandro due to the severe dip in form the 26-year-old has experienced ever since he was strongly linked with a transfer away from Turin back in the summer, with Chelsea being the favourites for his signature back then.
The Blues still remain in his pursuit, however, and Mourinho will have to compete with and defeat Antonio Conte if he is to win the services of the full-back.
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.