Manchester United have seemingly been dealt a blow in their attempts to sign Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
United have been frequently linked with a move for Sandro – who came close to joining Chelsea last summer before eventually remaining in Turin – and reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho sees the Brazilian as his long-term solution at left-back.
However, Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has indicated that the club are preparing to open discussions over a new contract for the 27-year-old.
Marotta is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: “We will meet next week with his representative and I think there’s a desire to extend the contract.”
Sandro – who has made 113 appearances for Juve since 2015 – currently has two years remaining on his existing deal.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have reached an agreement to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for €50 million (£44m), according to reports in Italy.
The Brazil international is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing as United look to strengthen their midfield options after a disappointing end to the season.
United believe they have been in the driving seat to sign Fred for the last few months as Manchester City have diverted their interest towards Napoli’s Jorginho. But United were threatening to pull out of the deal after becoming frustrated with Fred stalling over a move to Old Trafford.
United had also feared that Paris Saint-Germain were in the running to sign the Brazilian and were not prepared to wait for the midfielder’s decision until after Brazil’s World Cup campaign.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, United have now agreed a deal to sign Fred from Shakhtar. Fred and his agent will be in Liverpool next week as Brazil play Croatia in a warm-up friendly against Croatia at Anfield and the deal could be concluded then.
Mourinho is desperate for United to secure their summer targets before the World Cup begins and the club’s hierarchy made it clear to Fred’s camp that they would not allow the deal to drag on for weeks.