Bengaluru, May 14: Italian Serie A champions Juventus have allegedly told Manchester United they will not sell Joao Cancelo for anything less than £51million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning a major overhaul of his squad at Old Trafford after a miserable campaign ended by missing out on a top four spot.
Especially in the final two games of the season, they dropped points against two relegated sides Huddersfield and Cardiff City which added futher woe to their already terrible campaign.
Defence is believed to be one of the major areas the Norwegian plans to improve this summer. And he has identified Portugal full-back Cancelo, 24, as a top target.
But he will have to cough up a hefty fee for the Portuguese international, according to reports in Portugal.
They claim Juventus are ready to do business, but only if they receive £50m-plus for the versatile former Benfica ace.
The Red Devils were believed to be readying a £42m bid earlier in the week to try and tempt the Serie A champions to part with the defender.
The reports later claimed that the fallen Premier League giants were looking at other ways to try and broker a deal.
And they were hoping to use Italian Matteo Darmian as bait in exchange to try and lower Juventus’ asking price.
But now it seems the Old Lady have no interest in that and will only do business for the lump sum.
Cancelo, who only joined Juventus from Valencia a year ago, is said to be unsettled in Turin under boss Max Allegri and is looking to depart.
And the improving performances of fellow full-backs Leonardo Spinazzola and Mattia De Sciglio have now persuaded the Serie A outfit to let him go if they receive a good fee for him.
Cancelo is a very attacking-mined fullback which most managers love these days but he will need to improve his defensive duty if he has to strengthen the leaky Manchester United defence.