Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Alex Sandro and Malcom

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IDecember 17, 2017

Juventus' Brazilian defender Alex Sandro Lobo Silva controls the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Benevento at the Juventus stadium in Turin on November 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Juventus £60 million for Alex Sandro in January and are also said to be contemplating a move for Bordeaux youngster Malcom.

Manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring in a left-back this summer and thinks Sandro is an easier target than Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose, per the Mirror's John Cross.

Chelsea remain interested in Sandro and had a £65 million bid rejected last summer, but Juve may now be tempted to sell as the Brazilian has struggled for his best form this season.

United will also allow Matteo Darmian to leave to free up space in the squad for Sandro, and Turkish side Galatasaray have expressed an interest in the Italian.

The Red Devils have issues at left-back with former winger Ashley Young having been moved to full-back this season and impressed in the role.

Young's form has seen him recalled to the England squad, and he has also scored his first two goals in 19 months during November's win over Watford, per WhoScored.com:

The Englishman turns 33 next year and is clearly not a long-term option at left-back for United, although the club do still have Luke Shaw.

The 22-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season against Bournemouth on Wednesday and did enough to impress football writer Liam Canning:

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Ashley Young is on fire! Man of the moment. Cracking finish. What an incredible resurgence he’s had under José Mourinho.

However, Shaw still seems to be a long way off convincing Mourinho that he deserves a regular place, so it would be little surprise if the club did look to strengthen at full-back.

United could also offer Bordeaux £30 million for Malcom, with the club still keen to bring in a winger, per Jordan Seward for MailOnline.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29:  Malcom of Bordeaux looks on during the Ligue 1 match between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Saint-Etienne   at Stade Matmut Atlantique on November 29, 2017 in Bordeaux, .  (Photo by Romain Perrocheau/Getty Images )
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The club scouted Malcom last summer and may make a move in January, although Bordeaux could be "unwilling to negotiate until the summer."

The 20-year-old has been in fine form this season with seven goals and four assists in 17 Ligue 1 appearances.

WhoScored.com show how Malcom's attacking statistics compare favourably with Kylian Mbappe and Leroy Sane:

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Malcom: Of players aged 21 and under, only Kylian Mbappe and Leroy Sané (both 14) have played a direct hand in more goals than Malcom (11) in Europe's top 5 leagues this season Full player statistics: https://t.co/aMwQFWRuan

Mourinho wanted to bring in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic last summer and could still try and sign him in January, even though he has since signed a new deal with the Serie A side, per Mike McGrath at The Sun.

The United boss does appear to want to bring in another wide player, which would give United more attacking options and also provide more service to striker Romelu Lukaku.