Faouzi Ghoulam
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Algerian left-back is being lined up by Red Devils as Luke Shaw replacement after five spectacular seasons in Serie A

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to launch a £26million bid for Napoli star Faouzi Ghoulam.

RMC claims the 27-year-old left-back is in Jose Mourinho’s sights as the Special One plots another summer of big spending.

Ghoulam has established himself as one of the top defenders in Serie A during five years with Napoli.

And despite suffering a cruciate ligament injury earlier this season, Ghoulam beat the likes of Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez to be named Algerian Football of the Year for 2017.

He is believed to have a release clause worth £52million after signing a new contract in December, and was a target for Manchester City before his injury setback.

But it now appears that United are leading the race for Ghoulam’s signature as Mourinho targets reinforcements.

Luke Shaw is expected to leave Old Trafford after failing to progress under the Special One.

While Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian are also facing uncertain futures, leaving Ashley Young as the only left-back in the squad.