Manchester United refusal to meet Juventus’ asking price for defender Alex Sandro has all-but ended negotiations this summer, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho is targeting a centre-back, left-back and back-up striker ahead of the 2018-19 season and Sandro has been regularly mentioned as a top target.
It now looks as if any potential transfer for the Brazilian left-back could be off for the foreseeable future due to Juventus’ demands.
Man United journalist Duncan Castles reports that the club have refused to pay the Serie A champions’ €60m valuation of Sandro, despite being keen on the player for six months.
He states that United’s reasoning behind the decision is because of the fact that Juventus have ‘informally’ placed the 27-year-old on the transfer and there is still hope that Luke Shaw can finally succeed under Mourinho.
Sandro is said to be pushing for a move to the Premier League after stalling in contract talks with Juventus and has been heavily linked with Chelsea in the past.
United have also been linked with Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon but Sandro is at the top of the list.
Expect further developments to this story, and if something decisive does eventually happen it’s bound to be in the latter stages of the transfer window rather than in the near future.