Man Utd close in on Juventus' Alex Sandro - but there could one huge negative

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The 2018 summer transfer window is officially open.

This year's addition had to be moved forward to comply with FIFA rules after Premier League voted for the window to close before the start of the 2018/19 season.

It means no club will be able to act after seeing their new teams in action for the first time, which isn't a bad thing in our opinion.

It is a huge window for Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho's side in desperate need of some new faces to try and bridge the gap to Manchester City.

The manager has even suggested his whole defence needs a revamp, with Duncan Castles and The Times reporting only David De Gea's position is safe.

One man who has been heavily rumoured to be close to a big-money switch is Juventus' Alex Sandro.

The Times reported that a deal was close, with Mourinho seeing the Brazilian left-back as a potential way of bridging the gap to City.

While he hasn't enjoyed his best campaign in Turin, he's certainly a quality player, regardless of his omission from Brazil's World Cup squad - Marcelo and Filipe Luis are the toughest competition around.

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However, Manchester Evening News are reporting that there could be a huge negative if Sandro does arrive from Juve.

They state that should United and the Serie A champions do business for the former Porto man, it is likely to push fan-favourite Anthony Martial closer to a move to Juve.

The Bianconeri have been one of the club's constantly linked with a move for Martial and United could be tempted if the Frenchman doesn't opt to extend his contract.

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If they were to receive £50m for Sandro, Juve would likely be willing to match the £60m+ valuation United will place on Martial.

Nevertheless, should the 22-year-old - one of the best prospects in world football - leave Old Trafford, the supporters will surely not be happy, regardless if they spend big to replace him.

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