Old Trafford set for yet another Bernabeu transfer saga?
JOSE MOURINHO will turn to Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra if his £20million bid for Ashley Cole is turned down.
The new Real Madrid coach pulled out of the race for Lazio left-back Alexsandr Kolarov to pursue his Premier League targets.
Cole remains his first choice, but Mourinho fears Chelsea will price the left-back beyond Real Madrid’s reach.
Mourinho is already confident of landing Nemanja Vidic from Old Trafford and is also keen on his team-mate Evra.
He has been encouraged after hearing word that the controversial France left-back has already put his Cheshire pad up for sale.
The United defender’s house was put on the market last week and half of Manchester City’s moneyed squad are already fighting over the remarkable property.
Evra is aware of Real’s interest, but United do not have a replacement lined up at left-back. (News of the World)
If Sir Alex Ferguson found Real Madrid to be something of an irritant prior to Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club he may well find the Spanish giants even more annoying now the former Chelsea man is at the helm. This source, reliable or not, seems to think the Bernabeu is looking to reshape its back line by snatching these two top notch defenders and you can see why he may well be attempting this cheeky move.
Real Madrid may have a great keeper in Iker Casillas but they do not by any stretch of the imagination have a great back four. At left back the club has Marcelo, who may well be a force to be reckoned with going forward but is by no means solid at the back. Then at the centre of defence Sergio Ramos plies his trade, even though for Spain he is used more as a full back and he used most frequently alongside Raul Albiol and whilst these two are quality players, Mourinho may feel that Vidic is an improvement and is therefore making repeated attempts to engineer a move for the Serbian.
Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to fight off moves for any of his top performers but he may have a tough task on his hands doing so.