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United could beat Chelsea to a long-standing target this month.

Manchester United's next January target will infuriate Antonio Conte

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January looks set to be a very expensive month for Manchester United.

There have been plenty of far-fetched rumours linking the Red Devils with moves for La Liga stars Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale, but one deal that suddenly looks as if it's actually going to materialise concerns Alexis Sanchez.

Manchester City were hot favourites to sign the Chilean thanks to his relationship with Pep Guardiola.

Now, there's every chance he'll be heading to Old Trafford instead.

If United can wrap up negotiations with Arsenal in the coming days, Jose Mourinho's attention will immediately turn to his next targets.

Once another attacker has been brought in, left-back is the obvious position that needs strengthening.

Luke Shaw has put in some improved performances in recent weeks and the versatile Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, and Matteo Darmian - even Ashley Young - can operate there too.

However, it seems Mourinho isn't convinced any of those players represent a long-term solution.

The Mirror suggest he is so determined to sign a new full-back he will part with £53million of the club's money - with the added bonus of winding up Antonio Conte in the process.

Chelsea will be livid 

That's because United are reportedly plotting a bid for Juventus' Alex Sandro, who has been monitored by Chelsea since the summer. 

Max Allegri is determined that the Brazilian should stay in Turin, hence the enormous asking price.

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The 26-year-old has made 20 appearances for the Bianconeri in all competitions this season.

While United were happy to wait until the summer, Conte's interest means they may be forced into making the first move this month.

Conte vs Mourinho 

It goes without saying that following the last few weeks of exchanges, there is little Mourinho would like more than to get one over on his former employers, and Conte in particular.

The Portuguese sparked a war of words between the pair when he claimed he no longer acted like a "clown" on the touchline; in response, the Italian accused him of having “demenza senile” - senile dementia.

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"What never happened to me - and will never happen - is to be suspended for match-fixing," Mourinho hit back, before being called a "little man" by his rattled rival.

Regardless of Chelsea's January plans, United look well-poised to make a splash in the window, and if Sanchez's arrival really is imminent, it will only whet fans' appetite all the more to see who follows him through the door.

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