According to the Mirror, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking to replace Luke Shaw, and could be battling with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte again as a result – with the pair having recently traded blows in a war of words over integrity.
United are keen on Juventus’ Alex Sandro, a player the Blues have had their eye on for some time. Juventus have requested £53m($73m) for the Brazilian defender, a price Chelsea baulked at but could re-consider if they feel another side is muscling in on the deal.
Manchester United are waiting to see if Chelsea make a move before lodging a bid of their own, with Mourinho reportedly keen to wait until the summer to land the 26-year-old. Juventus are open to a sale if they can find themselves a replacement.
Chelsea have led the race for Sandro’s signature for some time, but Conte’s uncertain future means this deal might not get over the line – with the manager’s ties to former club Juventus potentially a key in negotiations.
The London club have curtailed their spending considerably in recent seasons too, and might feel current left-back Marcos Alonso isn’t in need of expensive competition. That will be good news for Manchester United, but not Shaw.
The English international has been in fine form in recent weeks, which could make United wait until the end of the season before making a concrete bid for Sandro.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils being the market for a left-back suggests they’re not entirely convinced Shaw will be a mainstay for years to come – evident from his making just four league appearances this season.
The saga continues….