By Richard Parks
Manchester United are preparing to table a £50million bid for Tottenham defender Danny Rose in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Sun claim United will make a mega-money move for the 27-year-old after manager Jose Mourinho identified him as the solution to his need for a dynamic left-back.
It is said that the Premier League giants have more chance of prising Rose from White Hart Lane if Tottenham have been omitted from the Champions League by Christmas, although they will rely on the player pushing hard for the transfer.
Rose has not played since suffering knee ligament damage in a game at Sunderland in January.
He underwent surgery in May and has still not featured for Spurs this season, but has completed his rehabilitation and returned to training this week.
Rose penned a new deal with Spurs in September 2016 that the Daily Star report is worth around £75,000-a-week that tied him to the club until 2021.
Football Insider verdict
With his speed and dynamism going forward, Rose would be a huge asset to United, whose current roster of left-backs all lack the Tottenham man’s attacking prowess. Mourinho has clearly decided that Luke Shaw is not the answer and the likes of Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are not natural fits on the left side of defence. It is easy to see why the Portugese regards Rose as the ideal solution given the brilliant form he was in before he suffered knee trouble in January. Spurs will not want to lose Rose, but Ben Davies is only a notch or two below the England international in an attacking sense, and offers greater reliability in defence. A £50million offer could see Rose going the same way of Kyle Walker, on a fast train to Manchester with a big wad of cash left behind in north London. It would also represent a £49million profit for Spurs, who signed Rose from Leeds as a 17-year-old for £1million a decade ago.
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