As reported by The Mirror, Manchester United are interested in signing full-back Joao Cancelo in the upcoming transfer window.
Jose Mourinho has lots of work to do on his first team squad at Old Trafford this summer if he’s to build a unit that is capable of competing with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for silverware next season.
Part of his task is providing his existing players with serious competition for places in the starting eleven, with depth in certain areas looking a little weak right now.
One player on his radar is Joao Cancelo, the Valencia right-back who spent last season on loan at Inter Milan.
That’s according to The Mirror, who report that the Red Devils are considering a £30m move for the 24-year-old.
The paper say Inter have a clause in his loan deal to make the move permanent, but have yet to seal the deal, alerting Man United to his availability.
With the likes of Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw all failing to convince Jose Mourinho they are long-term solutions for the full-back areas, United definitely need fresh blood to compete with long-serving Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.
Cancelo is a viable option for the right-back slot and could compete with Valencia, with the potential to make that position his own as the Ecuadorian advances further into his thirties.
The Portuguese international is something of an all-rounder in the position. As collated by WhoScored, he averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.3 clearances last season, all averages that are close to what Valencia achieved himself at United.
Cancelo’s attacking averages set him apart from his potential teammate, scoring higher averages in dribbles, key passes and crosses per game, perhaps demonstrating he can add new energy to the right flank at Old Trafford.
At the reported £30m, he could be a sound buy for Mourinho this summer.