Manchester United set to open talks with AS Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe

According to reports in France, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to address his side’s full-back problems in the summer and has turned his attention to AS Monaco’s versatile full-back Djibril Sidibe. The French defender has been picked by manager Didier Deschamps for the World Cup in Russia next month, and if he is to move away from Ligue 1, the move could be finalised prior to the commencement of the tournament.

It is no secret that Mourinho is unhappy with the performances of current left-back Luke Shaw and has publicly gone on to criticise the English defender’s lack of defensive ability. He is also disappointed with the backup options to makeshift right-back Antonio Valencia, and if given the opportunity would like to sign a right as well a left-back.

However, in case he’s given the backing to only sign one full-back, he could very well pursue the signing of Sidibe. The Frenchman has played on both sides of the Monaco defence this campaign and could be a vital addition to Mourinho’s squad at Old Trafford. It is understood that the Ligue 1 giants are commanding a fee believed to be north of £50 million to part ways with their highly-rated defender.

While he hasn’t made too many glaring errors this term, there are still doubts about the player’s defensive abilities and technical know-how. Critics have bemoaned the Frenchman for his lack of positional discipline – something Mourinho would not tolerate from any of his players given the rigid shape he likes his squad to maintain.

Also, the links to Alex Sandro do not seem to be going away, and it appears that the Juventus full-back is more suited and a likelier option than Sidibe. Mourinho has also hinted at signing a Brazilian this summer, and Sandro could very well fit the bill for the Portuguese manager in Manchester.

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