Manchester United are leading the race to sign Juventus full-back Alex Sandro this summer as they seek to replace Luke Shaw.
The Reds will use Italian utility defender Matteo Darmian, who has never tied down a long-term starting spot in Man United’s side since signing for less than £15m from Torino in 2015, as bait to ensure they secure Sandro’s signature.
Premier League champions Chelsea sought out Sandro last summer but Juventus held firm, and will still likely demand a fee in excess of €50m, and possibly even €70m.
However, their refusal to sell him last summer has developed into a mild reluctance, according to Calciomercato.
They suggest that if Sandro is allowed to leave Juventus, there is a “good chance” that he’ll sign for United.
Manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly admired the Brazilian ever since the player’s days at FC Porto.
The United boss has clearly lost trust in Luke Shaw, signed for a record-breaking £27m from Southampton in 2014, and some doubt whether there was ever a trust there in the first place.
Left-back problems have affected United since Patrice Evra left during David Moyes’ tumultuous nine-month reign. Sorting it one way or the other is an urgency.
Mourinho has also been linked to Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, who would present a less expensive option.
The 20-year-old has captained both club and country this season despite his young age and has been hugely impressive. Playing across the defence, his versatility interests Mourinho, too, with Duncan Castles in the Daily Record suggesting he’s a key target behind Sandro.