Manchester United have been given a much-needed boost in their pursuit of Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam, according to reports.
The Algerian defender has been a key member of Napoli’s starting eleven this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions while also managing a surprisingly decent tally of 2 goals and 5 assists.
The defender’s form has helped the Italian side sit at the top of the table on New Year’s day, with a one-point advantage over second-placed Juventus.
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In recent weeks, Alejandro Grimaldo has been linked with a move to Naples, and latest reports have claimed that the club is close to agreeing a £27 million deal to sign the player from Benfica.
According to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, once the deal for Grimaldo goes through, Ghoulam will be free to leave Napoli. However, having signed a new five-year contract with the Serie A giants just last month, he will not come cheap.
The 26-year-old contains a £54 million release clause in his contract, and United will be forced to cough up the dough if they are to sign him.
Jose Mourinho may not have any qualms about the price tag though, as he is desperate to secure a world class player in a position that has really been unstable for the past couple of seasons.
Luke Shaw has struggled to fill the void since arriving at the club in 2014 due to a number of unfortunate issues and fitness concerns. Matteo Darmian has been poor since signing for the club, while Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo have both tried and failed to make the position their own.
Ashley Young has done a remarkable job this season, and Shaw is starting to work his way back up to full fitness again with a string of decent displays recently. But Mourinho feels that he still needs to strengthen in the full-back areas, and hence, is ahead of the pack in the race for Ghoulam.
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