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Arsenal should battle Manchester United for Alex Sandro before he signs new deal

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Arsenal should battle Manchester United for Alex Sandro before he signs new deal

The Juventus left-back may well be close to agreeing fresh terms but given Arsenal’s lack of a long-term solution in that position, Unai Emery have been in the battle against Manchester United.

Manchester United target Alex Sandro is nearing a new contract with Juventus that runs until 2023, according to Goal.

His current deal will reportedly have just 18 months to run going into the January window, making it easy to see why United might have fancied their chances of securing a deal for the Brazilian left-back.

But given Luke Shaw’s revival at Old Trafford this season, perhaps United’s need for a new recruit in that position is not is not as acute as their most recent opponents, Arsenal.

 

Nacho Monreal is aging and Sead Kolasinac lacks the dynamism of Hector Bellerin on the other side, so a player like Sandro has the correct profile and attributes to add an extra dimension to Emery’s new-look side.

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It might be that Emery has left it too late now and of course Arsenal perhaps cannot compete financially with the likes of Juve or United, but Sandro is the type of player they should be in the market for.

With 18 months left on his current deal, Arsenal could perhaps have negotiated a cut-price swoop for the Brazilian flier.

On the evidence of Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against United at Old Trafford, the Gunners are certainly the more attractive proposition right now.

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NCTJ trained journalist, focusing mainly on a digital football audience.

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