ROAD TO WEM­B­LEY

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED SPECIAL -

Chelsea winger Wil­lian’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and are also pre­pared to bid for Spurs cen­tre-half Toby Alder­weireld.

West Brom de­fender Jonny Evans has a £3m re­lease clause and is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion as a fall-back op­tion but the flir­ta­tion with Sa­muel Umtiti is al­most cer­tain to re­sult in a new Barcelona con­tract. Scouts watched Southamp­ton right-back Cedric Soares but United have strug­gled to set­tle on a long-term re­place­ment for An­to­nio Va­len­cia and their in­ter­est in the Por­tuguese af­fil­i­ate Re­nato Sanches was ques­tion­able.

United learnt in De­cem­ber An­toine Griez­mann had his heart set on mov­ing to Barcelona and that partly prompted the ag­gres­sive pur­suit of Sanchez to oc­cupy the ‘ma­gi­cian’ role Mour­inho had ear­marked for Griez­mann. Mour­inho loy­al­ist Wil­lian is viewed as an ex­cep­tion in that he is es­tab­lished and would pro­vide bal­ance to a lop­sided front­line de­void of a spe­cial­ist right winger. Mour­inho ad­mires Mal­com but was con­cerned mov­ing to United would be too much for the Brazil­ian 21-year-old.

Mour­inho is con­sult­ing Michael Car­rick on re­in­forc­ing United’s mid­field in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Marouane Fel­laini’s prob­a­ble de­par­ture amid in­ter­est in the silky Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and the Lazio lynch­pin is rep­re­sented by Mour­inho’s for­mer player Mateja Kez­man.

United looked at Napoli’s Jorginho ear­lier in the sea­son but the Italy in­ter­na­tional is City’s mid­field pri­or­ity.

Jose Mour­inho would like to make at least five sign­ings Da­ley Blind could be on his way out of Old Traf­ford

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