Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta expresses desire to keep Manchester United target Alex Sandro

by Leo Nieboer

Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has stressed that the Serie A champions are determined to keep Manchester United target Alex Sandro, insisting they will meet with his representatives to discuss a new contract.

Jose Mourinho is keen to add another left-back to the ranks at Old Trafford after depending on Ashley Young for the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign.

Sandro is open to a move away from Turin and Man United, according to reports, have pinpointed the Brazilian has their primary target.

But Marotta, speaking earlier this week, has made it clear that Juventus do not want to let Sandro move away, despite being on the verge of signing Matteo Darmian.

“We will meet next week with his representative and I think there’s a desire to extend the contract,” he said.

Gianluca Di Marzio dropped a bomb on Thursday, confirming that United had agreed a £44m deal to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, but that was just the start of it.

Supporters also learned that the club was interested in signing Mario Mandzukic, with Marco Arnautovic as an alternative for Mourinho’s search of another physically imposing forward. It was also revealed that Darmian, as mentioned, would move back to Turin for £10m. Moreover, United have baulked at Lazio’s valuation of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

All of that was revealed in one report. Even one detail of that would generate wholesale interest from supporters. And it is strange that, among so much insight into Serie A, there wasn’t even the slightest mention of Sandro. You can only hope as a supporter that this story is not a mere fabrication by the English media. Sadly, it wouldn’t be the first time.

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