Sandro To Sign New Deal?
Manchester United transfer target Alex Sandro looks set to sign a new contract with Juventus.
The Brazil international was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer after a disappointing season in which he was criticised for some of his performances. He played in 26 of the side’s 38 Serie A matches last season – 23 starts and three appearances off the bench.
Both United and Chelsea were linked – the west London club saw a £54million bid rejected in the summer of 2017. But Juventus dug in their heels and told Sandro he was going nowhere. He has since won back his place as a regular member of the starting eleven with 11 starts and substitute appearances off the bench.
Now, reports from Italy claim he is about to put pen to paper on a new deal that could keep him at Juventus until 2023. He had been demanding around £7million a year and the club have met those demands.
Lukaku ‘Unhappy’ At United
Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is said to be unhappy at the club. The Belgium international has had to endure criticism in what is turning out to be a disappointing season for him.
Lukaku has scored just five Premier League goals so far this season at an average of one for every 201 minutes on the pitch. The Sun claims he has become the latest player to become disillusioned under Jose Mourinho and would welcome the chance to leave the club.
Any exit looks unlikely. United would demand a transfer fee somewhere in the region of the £75million they paid Everton for him in the summer of 2017 and there would be no takers at that price and with Lukaku’s current form.
Mendes Makes Mourinho Statement
Mourinho’s own future has come under question with reports linking him with Real Madrid and United being linked with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.
But his agent Jorge Mendes moved on Friday to try and end speculation over the United manager’s future.
“There have been more rumours of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United. It’s totally untrue,” a statement by Mendes’ company Gestifute said.
“Jose is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him. He has a long-term contract with Manchester United and is fully committed to the club in building a solid winning project.”
United bosses expect Champions League qualification as a minimum. The side currently lie in eighth place in the Premier League some eight points behind a top four spot.