Alex Sandro had been a prime target for Manchester United but Juventus’ asking price might see Jose Mourinho pull the plug on a deal for the left-back.
Manchester United have been on the lookout for a left fullback who can start week-in-week-out for Jose Mourinho. But it looks like the Portuguese manager has given hopes on acquiring Alex Sandro. Juventus, who demand £50 million for him, are not willing to lower the price. This has resulted in Manchester United turning their attention towards Valencia’s Jose Luis Gaya according to the Daily Mirror.
Jose Luis Gaya
The 20-year-old has been a revelation for Valencia this season. Marcelino has trusted the youngster by handing him 34 starts in the league. The left-back ticks number of boxes for Mourinho with his high work rate and considerable pace. He can also deliver balls from the wide areas which would be good news for the likes of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker was underfed last season with both full-backs preferring to cut back and keep safe in possession. And at £30 million, he would allow the Mancunians to invest a bit more in other crucial areas of the field.
But the downside is that the academy graduate signed a 5-year deal (until 2023) only in may and might not be looking for a move away from the Mestalla. The Spanish side is also able to offer Champions League football, after finishing fourth, and can also guarantee regular game time.
“I really trust in this ambitious and exciting project,” Gaya said after signing his new deal.
— Jose Luis Gayà Peña (@jose_gaya) May 22, 2018
Juventus on Alex Sandro’s situation
“In the case of Alex Sandro, he was in full agreement with the idea of remaining with us. His performances are down to his own personal issues that we won’t go into here,” Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said when quizzed about his possible departure.
According to La Gazzetta, Allegri reminded the Brazilian that he could give Juventus so much more: “Think solely of training seriously and remaining calm and you will soon return to your normal levels.”
Alex Sandro would have been an ideal signing for the Red Devils. With his experience and the winning habit developed at Juventus, he would have slotted straight in and made a positive difference in their title ambitions. Having only played one full season at the highest level, Gaya is still new and relatively inexperienced at that level. Instead of taking a £30 million risk on a 20-year-old, Jose is better off trusting Luke Shaw to finally come good.