Although he noted that Paul Pogba arrival will round reinforcements for this summer, Jose Mourinho now wants to bring another defender to Manchester United. In order to acquire funds for top-class centre-back which he would pair with Eric Bailly, Mourinho first must sell several players after making Pogba world’s most expensive player in a €110 million move.
United’s top targets for centre-back position were Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. Although there were talks with Juve for Italian international, Bonucci himself revealed he has no intention of leaving Serie A champions, while Varane who isn’t first-team regular in Madrid could be available for transfer but price is well above Mourinho’s current budget. Because of that Man Utd’s manager has turned his sights on Southampton captain Jose Fonte. 32-year-old experienced centre-back who commanded Portugal defense en route to EURO 2016 title has admitted he is flattered by Mourinho’s interest but Saints manager Claude Puel has no intention of selling him.
EXITS AT OLD TRAFFORD
In order to collect money for defensive reinforcements Jose Mourinho could trim Manchester United squad with up to 10 players shown the exits at Old Trafford. Yesterday, three fringe players were offloaded to Sunderland, now led by former United’s manager David Moyes. Forward Adnan Januzaj joined Black Cats on a season-long loan while young defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love were bought for €8 million. German veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger was demoted to train with reserve squad with interest for him coming from few other Premier League sides, Italian Serie A and MLS. Next up could be Spanish midfielder Juan Mata whom Mourinho sold to United from Chelsea as Portuguese don’t see the winger as a piece in his formation with Everton, Villarreal and Fenerbahce willing to meet €30 million price. Also, reports are saying that Dailey Blind could also leave Old Trafford with Inter Milan preparing the €25 million bid after his former coach Frank de Boer taking over at Giuzzepe Meazza. After mentioning their names among players who could leave the club, Mourinho reassured that Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Memphis Depay, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian will have the chance to impress through Capital One Cup and Europa League matches.