Man United ready to meet £31m valuation of 24-year-old La Liga full-back

Joao Cancelo is demanded by Red Devils after spending the season in Italy on loan. Jose Mourinho is hunting for new full-backs this summer, having relied on natural attackers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia for much of his tenure at Old Trafford. United complete the transfer of Porto right-back Diogo Dalot, but Mourinho is also interested in Cancelo.

The 24-year-old Portuguese could cost up to £31m, but United are prepared to pay whatever Valencia will demand. Besides that, United also have the advantage of Cancelo. He is a client of Jorge Mendes, Mourinho’s close friend and agent. While on loan, Portuguese right-back has made four assists in 29 appearances.

Cancelo’s preferred position is a right-back, but he can also play on the other side of the defence. Mourinho is always on the lookout for universal players who are capable to play several positions in his tactics. United want to sign several defenders this summer, as Mourinho is keen on to improve his backline. Fernando Santos didn’t pick up Cancelo in Portugal squad for the World Cup in Russia.