Manchester United step up pursuit of Brazilian

Manchester United are set to step up their pursuit of Alex Sandro once the domestic campaigns in Italy and England come to a conclusion according to reports this weekend.

Left-back is one of the positions where Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen to strengthen, with converted winger Ashley Young, who turns 33 this summer, having being utilised as the first choice left-back this season. While the former Aston Villa winger has done a decent job at the back, he is far from being a natural full back.

While Young is not the long-term solution for United, it doesn’t seem as though any of Manchester United’s other options at the back are either, with Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind all having been tried by Mourinho in the last two years.

United have been linked with a number of left backs in recent months, including Danny Rose (Spurs), Kieran Tierney (Celtic), and Ryan Sessengnon (Fulham), as Mourinho looks for a new long-term full back.

However, according to The Times, Jose Mourinho is to step up his pursuit of Juventus defender Alex Sandro.

While the Premier League season concluded this weekend, United still have the FA Cup final to focus on next Saturday, while Juventus still have one more league game to play in Serie A.

The report claims that as soon as both teams seasons have come to a conclusion, then United will step up their interest in signing the Brazilian ahead of the World Cup.

United, along with their FA Cup final opponents Chelsea, were interested in landing the 26-year-old last summer, but the Italian champions were reluctant to sell. However, it is claimed that they are willing to do business this time round providing that the buying club meet the £50 million asking price.

That fee would represent the same fee that Manchester City shelled out last summer to land Benjamin Mandy from Monaco.

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