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Mourinho identifies Alex Sandro as No.1 summer target

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Man United manager Jose Mourinho has named Juventus defender Alex Sandro as his No.1 left-back target if he decides to let go of Luke Shaw in the summer, according to reports.

The Brazilian had been a major target for both Chelsea and United earlier this month, but his club side Juventus were able to fight off the interests with a hefty price tag.

Man United, however, decided against a move for a new left-back considering the improved form of Shaw which has seen him start 5 consecutive matches for the first time in 2 seasons before being dropped last time out.

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Ashley Young emergence at left-back also influence the decision but according to new reports, Mourinho will seek a move for Sandro if Luke Shaw is unable to keep his good form going for the rest of the season.

The 22-year old England international has seen the one-year extension clause in his United contract activated by the club and will be looking to take advantage of the new trust his manager has found in him.

Man United have been linked with the likes of Danny Rose – who is very keen on a move to Old Trafford, Ryan Sessegnon – the Fulham teen prodigy, as well as Celtic’s Kieran Tierney all for the mentioned left-back role but Alex Sandro has been reportedly identified as the club’s No. 1 target as requested by their Portuguese manager.

Alex Sandro has a contract with Juventus that runs until the summer of 2020 and as such will not come cheap.

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Man United’s Hope Of Signing 20-goal Midfielder Rest On Joachim Low’s Advice

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Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Liverpool’s hope of signing 20-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz is now tied to the advice the youngster receives from Germany head coach Joachim Low.

The Germany international, who scored 20 goals for Bayer Leverkusen last season, has been linked with a move to the three European giants but he said he will seek for advice from his national team manager.

According to Havertz, he will speak to the 2014 World Cup winning manager during the ongoing international break concerning the incoming offers from United and Liverpool.

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“I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision. I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him,” he said.

United are desperately in need of a regular goalscorer as Rashford and Anthony Martial are far from convincing, no thanks to the latter’s injury problems.

As for Liverpool, the Reds are in fine form having extended their winning streak to eight games against the Foxes before the break.

However, Klopp believes there is a need to add a midfielder to his team as Fabinho hasn’t lived up to his billing just yet.

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Man Utd Plotting Big Money Move For Prolific Midfield Maestro

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Premier League giants Manchester United are almost certain to boost their squad when the transfer window reopens in two months time.

The Red Devils are in need of reinforcements especially in defense and midfield and West Ham United star Declan Rice could be one of the players signed in January.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United want to sign Declan Rice and they might need to pay as much as 70 million pounds for him.

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Declan Rice has already said that his future lies with West Ham United as he has a contract that does not expire until the summer of 2024 but his stance could change in no time.

Manchester United were one of several clubs interested in signing him during this summer’s transfer window but the England international player stayed with the Hammers for the start of the season.

Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have not been adequately replaced since the midfielders left Manchester United earlier this year and the signing of Declan Rice would go a long way to rectify that problem.

Fellaini left Manchester United to join Chinese Super League (CSL) outfit Shandong Luneng during the winter transfer window in January, while Ander Herrera signed for PSG on a free transfer.

 

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Solskjaer Not Convinced This £100m-rated Star Will Solve Man United’s Creativity Problems

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Donny Van Der Beek

Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, who could be shown the exit door due to poor results, is far from convinced with what he has seen from Ajax youngster Donny Van de Beek so far this season.

The Dutchman was linked with a switch to the Old Trafford outfit in the summer but the Norwegian tactician turned down the chance to capture his services.

According to British media The Mirror, Solskjaer was pleased with the fact that Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay were available ahead of the season, hence, he kicked against splashing £35m on the midfielder.

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Unfortunately, the decision seemed to have backfired judging by the team’s lack of creativity in the middle of the pitch.

Despite the current uninspiring form at Old Trafford, reports claimed that Solskjaer isn’t ready to change his mind and he won’t be competing with Real Madrid for the Ajax youngster when the winter transaction period commences in January.

Real Madrid are now tipped as the possible destination for the Dutchman who helped Ajax to a semifinal spot in last season’s Champions League competition.

The Los Blancos are told to offer an increased price of £100m by the Eredivisie side if they must lure the young midfielder to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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