According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, Manchester United are planning to make a summer move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who could cost £70m, and they are ready to use Italy international Matteo Darmian as a makeweight in the deal.
What’s the word, then?
Well, the Sunday Mirror says that Red Devils scouts have been watching the Brazilian full-back closely this season, who has become one of Europe’s most coveted defenders over the course of the last 12 months.
The Sunday Mirror says that while United boss Jose Mourinho wants to keep Luke Shaw at Old Trafford, he also wants a more experienced left-back too with Ashley Young’s days as a stand-in in that position over and someone like Darmian, who has been criticised for his performances by the fans this season, out of favour.
The report adds that while he could cost £70m, the large fee won’t deter the club as they look set for another big summer of spending in order to try and compete with rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title – they would be also be willing to double the 27-year-old’s £145,000-a-week wages.
How has Alex Sandro done this season?
It has been another solid campaign for the Brazilian with the Serie A giants, and he has made 29 appearances in all competitions.
The 27-year-old has played in a range of different positions on the left-hand side – although usually as a left-back or left wing-back – and he helped his club see off Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League during the week.
While he is good defensively, he does also like to get forward and try and make a difference in the final third too – two of the main reasons why Mourinho will see him as a good buy for United.
Would he be a good signing for United?
He certainly would be.
The Brazilian showed the qualities he has in the Champions League against Tottenham and looks to have all of the attributes to be a success in the Premier League.
The potential price tag of £70m seems high, but if Mourinho thinks he is the player they need then United have to get him.
The purchase of him would surely throw further doubt onto the future of Shaw, despite what the report says.