Transfers around the summer window are more likely to be long-drawn processes that start well before the bidding kicks off. An extended period of negotiation and beating other interests are the rather definitive features of most deals going through.
United have been dominating one such saga, with their pursuit for a defender reported to be increasingly important going into the new season.
Now, they are joined by another European powerhouse in the hunt for a Juventus player that could very well solve their woes, and positive news might arrive from Italy.
This is as per a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport, which claims that Alex Sandro could be allowed a transfer from Juventus in the summer, provided a right offer comes along.
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It added that United and PSG are the two clubs that continue to ‘follow’ the situation of the 27-year-old. It also seems evident that the sides are the top pursuers for the left-back’s signature.
This is despite the claim that Chelsea were willing to put in a mammoth bid in the winter, only to be denied by the Italian giants over not wanting to destabilize their squad in the middle of the season.
However, things might as well change now, as the source adds that the two big-spending clubs are among the few names that can afford to secure the services of the Brazilian, with reports penning his price tag anywhere between €60-70 million.
This would mean that should a deal go through, Sandro will become one of the most expensive defenders in the world, and judging by the manner in which the saga seems to be proceeding and the names involved, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t end up breaking the record after all.
But what it most likely will boil down to is how badly United are willing to make the purchase, and whether or not the required amount fits their other transfer plans, what with the need for a midfielder seemingly the primary plan of action, and murmurs of an attacking arrival also in the air.