Manchester United are reportedly ready to rival Catalan powerhouses Barcelona for the signature of highly rated Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo, according to Marca.

The Portuguese full-back came through the ranks at Benfica before moving to the Mestalla, with the defender putting in impressive showings for the struggling La Liga outfit this season.

Barcelona are in the market for a new right-back following the summer exit of Dani Alves, with proposed replacement Aleix Vidal not favoured by Luis Enrique currently.

Reports in Spain have stated that the Camp Nou giants are ready to move for Cancelo after his performances for Valencia but face competition for the 22-year-old’s signature.

United have Antonio Valencia as their first-choice right-back but rumours continue to arise linking the Premier League club with a more-natural player in this position.

The Spanish newspaper claim that Jose Mourinho has been impressed by his compatriot’s performances in La Liga and is weighing up a sizeable offer for the defender.

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