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Man United identify 19-year-old South American starlet as Sancho alternative



Manchester United keen to sign Thiago Almada

Manchester United target Thiago Almada as Jadon Sancho alternative

According to MEN, Manchester United have earmarked Thiago Almada as an alternative to Bundesliga sensation Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils are readying a list of alternatives just in case their pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star leads nowhere.

Bournemouth star David Brooks and Schalke youngster Rabbi Matondo are the other players also being considered as alternatives. (h/t MEN)

19-year-old Almada has been attracting interest from Europe. The Argentine, who is capable of playing in a variety of positions, has made 46 appearances for Velez while scoring 9 goals and 4 assists.

Manchester United have identified Thiago Almada as an alternative to Jadon Sancho
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Thiago Almada

Of all the alternative above, Almada is the one for who we can expect competition. The likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal are keen while Atletico Madrid are also keeping tabs on the youngster. (h/t Express)

City went close to signing him last season. However, the youngster stayed and signed a new contract at Velez.

According to the report, United admire the player but will only offer him a backup position at the club at this moment in time.

The right-wing is a position that the club is keen to strengthen. Although capable of playing there, Almada has predominantly played as an attacking midfielder or on the left flank.

Almada hopes to emulate Carlos Tevez
Almada hopes to emulate Carlos Tevez

His ability is however not in question. One of the brightest stars in Argentine football, he has also drawn comparisons to Barcelona captain Lionel Messi. (h/t The Sun)

A move to Manchester would appeal to the player given his admiration for Carlos Tevez. Hopefully, it will be more towards the red side rather than the blue half. (h/t The Sun)

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Almada has made seven appearances for the Argentine Under-20 side, for whom he has scored one goal. He was named among 60 of the best young talents in world football by the Guardian in 2018.