With the saga concerning Luke Shaw seemingly drawing to a close, the attention of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is steering towards Alex Sandro as a replacement for their full-back. After multiple links through the last few transfer windows, it seems a deal between Manchester United and Juventus’ left-back, Alex Sandro has finally been made.
Lazy Fan Sports can exclusively reveal a deal has been struck between club and player, with Manchester United supposedly offering Sandro the opportunity to double his salary in an attempt to lure him away from the Italian giants, whilst also trying to stop any interest from other clubs around Europe, with PSG rumoured to be interested in the left-back.
Alex Sandro being lined up
The Brazilian full-back has made over 300 appearances for the Serie A champions after being at the club since leaving Porto in 2015 for €26 million and is seen by Mourinho as the perfect replacement for Shaw; as well as Daley Blind, who has recently returned to Ajax after failing to impress during his time in the North-West.
This transfer window has signified Mourinho’s desire to bolster his defence before the premier league campaign begins, having already signed Porto’s right-back Dalot, earlier in the window. It also seems there could be further exits joining Blind in the form of Shaw and Jones as Mourinho seeks to create space and raise funds for more new faces to join the club.
The left-back situation has been an issue for Mourinho, with Matteo Darmian (14 appearances in all competitions last season) and Shaw failing to secure regular football. Despite great performances from Ashley Young, which saw him taken to the World Cup by Gareth Southgate, his age (33) provides problems for United’s long-term plans.
However, Sandro has been a long-term target for Mourinho since he joined Manchester United, who’s pace and offensive ability has made him one of the most desirable left-backs in Europe. Despite Juventus proving tricky to negotiate with, Lazy Fan Sports can reveal the Turin based club have named their price to clubs enquiring after the 27-year-old Brazilian, and it seems that Mourinho will put pressure on Woodward to ensure this deal is done before the premier league window shuts on the 9th of August.
Although Juventus would rather not let Sandro leave the club, they see Sandro as an asset in helping to claw back money used in the mega-deal to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
This deal is expected to go through quickly, after such a lucrative contract being offered to the player, yet with the rest of Europe having much longer than English clubs to complete deals, Manchester United face a race against time to ensure Alex Sandro puts pen to paper and plays his football in the North-West next season as the rest of Europe looks to swoop in should the deal break down.