Manchester United have been handed the green light to sign Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, according to reports from Portugal.
Jose Mourinho has been on the lookout for a left-back since the summer transfer market, with Danny Rose and Alex Sandro emerging as the two most likely options.
Benfica’s Alex Sandro has also been a target since the 54-year-old’s first season in charge, but the Spaniard is on the verge of completing a £26.6m move to Napoli.
And according to Portuguese media outlet Record, the capture of Grimaldo means Ghoulam, who has a release clause of £53m, will be allowed to leave the Serie A club, providing Mourinho with the perfect chance to address his problems in that position at Old Trafford.
The need for a full-back revolution akin to that of Manchester City has been manifestly clear for some time, with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia – both 32 and wingers by trade – the current first choice options.
And Ghoulam seems like the perfect place to start: relentlessly hardworking, astute in possession, blessed with plenty of attacking nous, and currently at the prime age of 26 yet still very much developing under Maurizio Sarri.
Mourinho needs someone to make the left-back slot their own sooner rather than later and the Algerian’s arrival – possibly aided by selling Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind – would be a significant step in the right direction.