By Dave Marshall
Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Juventus for the signing of Brazilian left-back, Alex Sandro.
The 27-year-old has been on Jose Mourinho’s radar for a while and, certainly, world-class quality is needed at left-back.
Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo haven’t made the position there own and have, in some ways, been a victim of their own versatility; because both have occupied various different positions at times, they haven’t quite been able to develop a clear feel for the left-back role.
The obvious contender would be Luke Shaw but his relationship with Mourinho has not been the smoothest, so Ashley Young, a right-footed 33-year-old who has played on the wing for most of his career, has had to fill in.
Sandro would be the ideal solution and he is believed to be open to the possibility of leaving Turin as he bids to become a regular for Brazil; here’s how he will look if he dons the Man United shirt once he completes the move.
Playing in the Premier League with constant impressive performances can help sway the mind of national team selectors while United are also believed to be offering him a massive wage increase. With the imminent arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus want to sell some players to help fund the move.
According to Duncan Castles, a respected journalist who spoke on the Transfer Window podcast, the former Porto man has agreed personal terms with United. However, an agreement of a fee with Juventus holding up the move. He said, “Manchester United decided to go for Alex Sandro, they’ve put a deal in place with the player, the player wants to come, and Juventus are holding out for upwards of €60m (£53m).”. Sandro is regarded as one of the best players in the world in his position and will offer a new dimension to the United left.
He joined Juventus in 2015 from FC Porto and has made 114 appearances, scoring 9 times.