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Alex Sandro agrees £53 million move to Manchester United – reports

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Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ahead of a proposed £53 million move, according to reports.

Brazilian Sandro – left out of the country’s World Cup squad – has been linked with United for some months, and it is known that manager Jose Mourinho has been looking for a new left-back this summer.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Sandro, but it appears the Red Devils are in pole position to sign him – it has also been reported by transfer expert Duncan Castles that he want to move to Old Trafford.

However, Juve have yet to agree on the deal and are holding out for £53 million for the 27-year-old. But, in the current transfer market, they may well get the price they want.

Should the move be completed, it will likely spell the end of Luke Shaw’s time at Old Trafford. He has had a fractious relationship with Mourinho and could welcome a chance to reboot his career. Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle are all rumoured to be interested in him.

Barcelona plot shock move for Manchester United misfit Luke Shaw

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Spanish giants Barcelona could make a shock move for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw this summer, according to reports.

It is widely expected that Shaw will leave Old Trafford in the summer, with manager Jose Mourinho having singled the 22-year-old out for criticism on several occasions.

While it was expected that a number of clubs would be interested in the highly-rated left-back, Barcelona wasn’t one of them. However, according to the Mirror, they are weighing up a move for him.

Barcelona, who are odds-on favourites to win La Liga, could be looking for a left-back if Lucas Digne leaves.

France international Digne is believed to want out of the Camp Nou, having grown frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities. He has failed to dislodge Jordi Alba as first choice and has made just 13 starts this term.

So if Barca were to bid for Shaw, he would likely be a back-up to Alba. Whether he would want to go is not clear – but after a couple of years spent in and out of the United side he may want to go somewhere where he would be a regular starter.

You would think United would want to at least recoup the £27 million they spent on him, especially given that Mourinho is planning to further revamp the squad this summer and will need to raise funds to do that.  Although whether they would get that is another matter.

Paul Pogba could be sold to help fund Manchester United’s summer squad overhaul

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Midfielder Paul Pogba could be sold by Manchester United this summer to help fund Jose Mourinho’s plans to revamp his squad with major signings from European rivals.

Pogba, who cost a then world record £89 million when he signed for the club in 2016, has had a falling out with Mourinho this season – and suffered a dip in form – and it appears now he could be on his way out of the club altogether.

Mourinho is planning to make several acquisitions this summer, including defender Raphael Varane and midfielder Toni Kroos from Real Madrid, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror.

French international Varane would be an upgrade on his current centre-backs but could cost up to £70 million. Meanwhile German international Kroos could cost nearer to £100 million. Real Madrid are thought to be planning a similar squad overhaul this summer so could be prepared to sell to help finance that.

Mourinho also has his eye on Juventus’ Brazilian international Alex Sandro to fill his problem left-back position. Current incumbent Luke Shaw another player publicly criticised by Mourinho this season and thought likely to leave in the summer. Sandro could cost £45 million.

Should United decide to sell Pogba, there would be no shortage of potential buyers. The aforementioned Real Madrid could be a destination, as could Paris St-Germain – with the added bonus of a return to France for Pogba. The club where he made his name, Juventus, could also be interested in taking him back.

United would certainly look to make a profit on Pogba though. They paid £89 million for him in 2016 and would want more than that for a player coming into his peak years as a player and tied into a long-term contract. Given the current market, it would likely take a bid of at least £125 million to secure his services.

Jose Mourinho will have offload Manchester United players before he can buy in January

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have to sell players before he can buy any more in January.

United’s board want to get more control over costs, according to a BBC report. The club’s wage bill was £263.5 million – up 13.5% – according to their last accounts, and Mourinho has spent £285 million on 6 major signings since he joined as manager in 2016.

This means that some players will now be looking nervously at the door marked ‘exit’. Left-back Luke Shaw is likely to be one of those – he was signed for £27 million in 2014 but is out of favour under Mourinho having struggled with injury and form. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone may be another – he has impressed on his season-long loan at Aston Villa and the club are keen to sign him permanently.

Juan Mata and Antony Martial have also been in and out of the side this season and could be jettisoned if there is a player Mourinho really wants to sign.

Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the season, so Mourinho could be tempted to sell him in January rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer, but he is also an integral member of the squad and could be offered a new deal.

However, with United already eight points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Mourinho may be ready to dip into the transfer market to try and close the gap.

Manchester United target Spurs £50-million rated defender Danny Rose

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Manchester United are considering bidding for Tottenham Hotspur’s England left-back Danny Rose, rated at £50 million, in the January transfer window.

Rose would seem to fit the bill in a problem position for United – Luke Shaw is making slow progress from injury and appears not to be trusted by manager Jose Mourinho, while Daley Blind and Ashley Young have played there, it is not a natural position for either.

However, tempting Spurs to sell could be difficult, especially if they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are still in the Premier League title race.

But, if Spurs should falter, United hope there may be a chance to sign Rose, especially if the player expresses a desire to leave – he has in the past said he would be open to a move to a club that offered bigger wages, something that Unite would do.

Even if that were to happen, a deal would still be some way away, given that Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy drives a notoriously hard bargain, and will not have forgotten United’s efforts to unsettle Eric Dier in the summer.

Rose himself, who has made more than 150 appearances for Spurs, has recently returned to training, having been out injured since January.