Plan B — Man Utd turn attentions to sign 23-year-old, Mourinho priced out for Sandro

Valencia defender Jose Gaya. Picture: By Carla Cortés

According to the Mirror, Manchester United have turned their attentions to Valencia defender Jose Gaya after being priced out by Juventus for Alex Sandro. Despite being seemingly content with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw as left-back options for next season, it appears manager Jose Mourinho is still eyeing up transfer targets.

Young was United’s first-choice ahead of Shaw at left-back last season, making 38 appearances in all competitions. Shaw, on the other hand, made just eight Premier League starts for the Red Devils and had a falling out with Mourinho. With the two players being out of contract in 12 months, a left-back replacement was expected this summer and Gaya could be the one signed.

The 23-year-old rose through the youth ranks to the Valencia first-team in 2014 and has gone on to make 146 appearances in all competitions. Gaya has been a regular in the starting lineup for some time and would be an upgrade on United’s current options. The Spanish u21 international is an offensive left-back who is also combative in his defensive third.

The Mirror say Juventus wanted £50m for Sandro, so Gaya would be significantly cheaper to United. He made over 70 tackles in La Liga last season, while creating 36 chances and making 38 successful dribbles. For £30m, United could do a lot worse than the 23-year-old.

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