UNITED’S RADAR

Mour­inho shifts fo­cus to Porto ace as top tar­get Mbappe makes Real his No 1 choice

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER

MANCH­ESTER United are watch­ing Porto winger Yacine Brahimi with top tar­get Kylian Mbappe of Monaco wait­ing on a move to Real Madrid.

Jose Mour­inho is keen to add a world-class left winger in the sum­mer so he can play a 4-3-3 with more at­tack­ing pen­e­tra­tion after a spate of draws this sea­son.

Al­ge­rian in­ter­na­tional Brahimi is re­garded as one of the lead­ing wide play­ers in the top Euro­pean leagues and Porto in­serted a £51 mil­lion (RM285 mil­lion) buy-out clause into the 27-year-old’s con­tract after he was heav­ily linked with moves to Liver­pool and Ar­se­nal last sum­mer.

Ar­se­nal are also in­ter­ested in tak­ing teenager Mbappe who will be the hottest property of the trans­fer win­dow if he de­cides to leave French foot­ball.

Brahimi, who can also play in­side, is noted for his drib­bling and if United are to pur­sue their in­ter­est fur­ther, there would be ques­tion marks over the fu­ture of An­thony Mar­tial who has im­pressed in patches this sea­son with­out win­ning the full trust of Mour­inho.

United could sign up to five play­ers this sum­mer with Burn­ley’s Michael Keane seen as a re­place­ment for Chris Smalling and Mour­inho also in the mar­ket for a cen­tral mid­field player, winger and two strik­ers, one of whom would take on the tal­is­man No 9 role va­cated by the in­jured Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic. Daily Mail

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Hud­der­s­field’s Nahki Wells (right) and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Barry Bannan vie for the ball at the John Smith’s Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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