In Focus: Alex Sandro can solve Man United’s left flank problem

As reported by The Mirror, Manchester United are ready to rival Chelsea for the signature of Juventus star Alex Sandro.

What’s the story?

Jose Mourinho has struggled to find a consistent and natural performer at left-back all season, a situation that’s fast becoming a major problem for the Portuguese.

In order to solve that, it appears he’s ready to go to battle with his former side Chelsea in the transfer market once again, after winning the race to sign Romelu Lukaku last summer.

The Mirror say that the Mourinho has identified Brazilian international Alex Sandro as the man to revitalise their left flank and is urging the club’s hierarchy to shell out and meet Juventus’ £53m valuation of the player.

The paper reckon that interest is unlikely to materialise in a formal offer until the summer, but any move by Chelsea could prompt a bid as early as this month’s transfer window.

The right man?

There’s no doubt that Alex Sandro is one of the leading left-backs in Europe right now, helping Juventus reach the final of the UEFA Champions League last season, playing in 11 matches along the way.

With a natural tendency to attack and carry the ball forward, he would fit in excellently to United’s system and give them new width on the left hand side that can help exploit determined defences.

He’s a born winner too, having won nine major honours in his career in three countries. If Mourinho is to bring United back to the glory days of yesteryear then he needs personalities like that in the dressing room.

At the reported £53m he’s costly, but you have to pay that kind of money for quality in today’s transfer market and ensuring he doesn’t move to Chelsea should be a big priority for the Old Trafford side.