Woodward Waiting For Mourinho’s Signal Before Completing £60m Transfer

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the match.

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Club hierarchies often exist on varying realms. In some cases, a manager is able to pinpoint and acquire whichever player he wishes to, whereas in certain setups, the gaffers function more like head-coaches and have almost next to nothing to do with the transfer process, that responsibility being left to the higher-ups instead.

However, most clubs seem to have a dichotomy in their transfer business, particularly when a high-profile manager may be involved, and Jose Mourinho and Manchester United certainly qualify for this.

In fact, their next potential deal may lie in the balance solely due to this reason.

As per the Independent and other sources, Manchester United have reignited their pursuit for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

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The latest reports claim that Ed Woodward has the deal in place, and is waiting for the green signal from Mourinho to arrive before letting the transfer go through.


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Juventus have been stubborn negotiators for the signature of the Brazilian so far, but the report believes that this second attempt for the 27-year-old may result in a deal in the region of £60 million or so.

This is primarily to fix their conundrum with regard to the left-back spot, which has unlikely candidates in the form of Ashley Young and Luke Shaw – one too old and the other perhaps not the best person in a Mourinho setup.


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While the Portuguese gaffer could potentially experiment with placing new arrival Diogo Dalot, who can function on both flanks, in the coveted spot while Antonio Valencia plays as long as he can, it is believed that Mourinho would much rather prefer that a player of Sandro’s caliber arrives at Old Trafford instead.

This saga has been on the verge of concluding for some time now, and the big question which now remains is whether something solid can emerge at last, after all?

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