Manchester United have accelerated their interest in signing Juventus’ left back Alex Sandro in a bid to form a team capable of challenging for the Premier League and Champions League next season. According to The Times, Jose Mourinho has identified Sandro as a consistent Champions league caliber player who would fix United’s left back problem.

At the age of 27, Sandro is physically in the peak stage of his career and would command a hefty fee. He is valued at €50m by the Juventus hierarchy. Manchester United, however, would like to lower that fee. One of the ways to do so is by including Italian left-back Darmian in this deal. Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport mentions that Darmian has a verbal agreement with Juventus and is waiting for Jose Mourinho to approve his departure.

Alex Sandro, who has been left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad, joined Juventus from FC Porto for a fee of €26m. He is tactically disciplined and great crosser of the ball. He is a versatile player who can play as a left back, left wing back or a left winger. Sandro has already won three Serie A titles and has played in the Champions League final. Furthermore, he was the part of a formidable backline which did not concede a goal for 690 minutes in 2016/17 Champions League season.

Jose Mourinho is publicly mentioning fragile mentality of his players as a reason for his side not being consistent. He has mentioned his side needed to sign experienced players plying their trade at an elite level with a tough mentality.

Another player linked with Manchester United is Leonardo Bonucci of AC Milan. The Serie A side are asking for a minimum fee of €40 million (£35 million) for their star defender.