Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is considering a shock move for Southampton defender Jose Fonte this summer, according to the Sunday Times.
Despite the arrival of £30m centre-back Eric Bailly, the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is understood to reserve doubts over his burgeoning backline ahead of the new season.
Question marks have been raised over the long-term future of Daley Blind, a stalwart under Louis van Gaal, while Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci could prove to be expensive.
To that end, Fonte would represent a relatively cheap option as well as someone who boasts a raft of top level experience.
The Portuguese has been a stoic presence amid the Saints’ meteoric rise into one of the most competitive outfits in English football, while he also impressed during his nation’s EURO 2016 win.
Still, he is now 32 years of age and this summer could be the club’s last chance to sell him after a stunning six years on the South Coast.