Blind sale moves Man Utd closer to a deal for top Mourinho target

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho still reportedly wants to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus this summer.

Mourinho has been looking for a left-back all summer, despite the arrival of Diogo Dalot, and, according to Duncan Castles of the Times earlier this month, United had agreed terms with Sandro over a summer move.

Castles even claimed that the Brazilian defender would sign a deal worth €5million-a-year, but United are yet to make an official approach for the the player who has a €60million price tag.

United chief executive Ed Woodward is not keen on paying the money for the 27-year-old and reports claimed he had switched targets.

But the Manchester Evening News say Mourinho still wants Sandro to sign for the club and Woodward is key as the United chief needs to offload several stars before buying.

That process has already begun with Daley Blind offloaded to Ajax for an initial £14.1m, which could rise to around £18.5m with performance-based add-ons.

Blind’s return to Holland could well mean Mourinho is one step closer to getting the funds together to finance a move for Sandro.

United are still hoping to sell Matteo Darmian, while Luke Shaw, who endured a difficult season last term, could also be offloaded.

Tuttomercatoweb have reported that PSG have made an offer of €40m for Sandro, but Juve did not consider that to be close his valuation and turned it down.

The Bianconeri are hoping to tie the left-back down to a new contract, with his existing deal set to expire in 2020.

The Manchester Evening News say United remain interested in Chelsea winger Willian and Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.