Manchester United target, Jose Fonte, has been offered a new two-year contract by the Saints.
Southampton manager, Claude Puel, has told the higher officials to keep the 32-year-old skipper at the club, reports The Daily Mail.
Jose Fonte, who just recently won the Euro 2016 with his country, has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford ever since Mourinho completed the signing of Paul Pogba.
Mourinho has been looking for an older, and more experienced defender to add to his squad this summer, with Jose Fonte and Leonardo Bonucci both being potential targets.
However, it seems that Southampton are not open to the idea of Fonte’s departure this season. They have even offered him a brand-new two-year contract in a last ditch effort to keep him at the club.
Fonte joined Southampton back in 2010 while the club were still playing in the third tier of English football. He has since helped the Saints back to the Premier League, and as a result, was named the club captain.
He still has a good year left on his contract, but Southampton will be hoping to extend his stay at the club, and maybe even see him retire at the St Mary’s.
But, Jose Mourinho’s attractive powers could prove too much for the Southampton board, and could ultimately lead to Fonte’s departure.
Mourinho has already made a defensive addition this summer, but is still open to the idea of having a backup player who can help mentor the current defense lineup.
Eric Bailly, Mourinho’s defensive addition of the summer, has already shown the Old Trafford crowd tremendous potential. The fans have even begun calling him a ‘beast’ in defense.
Bailly, 22, has also been working on a defensive relationship with Daley Blind. But Mourinho will be hoping to integrate Chris Smalling back into the squad, after he didn’t feature in Manchester United’s first two matches of the Premier League season.