Manchester United monitoring Benfica full-back Joao Cancelo

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Manchester United are monitoring the development of full-back Joao Cancelo according to Sky Sports' pundit Guillem Balague.

The Red Devils will likely be in the market for a new right-back in the summer window, with Brazilian Rafael out of favour and heading for the Old Trafford exit. 

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has been suggested as the man for the job in recent weeks, while Barcelona's Dani Alves, who is out of contract in the summer, has also been mooted as an option for boss Louis van Gaal.

Now Balague has claimed that there is another option that Manchester United are taking a look at - Cancelo.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan with Valencia from Benfica and has made 10 La Liga appearances to help Los Che up to fourth place in La Liga. Balague adds that the Spanish side may look to keep him for themselves when his loan spell at the Mestalla comes to an end.

Manchester United are likely to embark on another spending spree in the summer having splashed more than £150 million on the likes of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind last time round.

A full-back will certainly be high up Van Gaal's hitlist given that he's been using winger Antonio Valencia as a makeshift full-back, with specialist Rafael starting just six Premier League games this term. It has been claimed by Daily Mirror journalist David McDonnell that the deal for the England international was already in place.


"From what I'm told, it's a done deal," he told Manchester United's official television channel last week. 

Clyne has previously hinted he would like to play in the Champions League next season - which the Red Devils will surely be able to offer with qualification through league position all but assured be - while recent reports suggest he's not been receptive to Southampton's idea of a new contract amidst the transfer talk. 


Manchester United will always be linked with a host of names regardless of whether they are good enough or not - that just comes with the territory of being one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Cancelo is apparently a good prospect but is he ready to be Manchester United's first choice right-back? Probably not. Clyne has shown his class for a season with Southampton and should be the next cab off the rank. 

That doesn't mean he won't be bought to Old Trafford as one for the future though.

Who is the better buy for Manchester United - Dani Alves of Nathaniel Clyne?

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