Jose Mourinho is ready for a £180 million spending spree to guide Manchester United back to the top, according to a report from the Telegraph.
The Portuguese has already invested a tremendous amount of money in his Manchester United squad since taking charge at Old Trafford in the summer. He brought in Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, along with Paul Pogba for a world-record transfer fee – but it seems he is only just getting started.
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The Telegraph claims United will be looking to sign Antoine Griezmann, Benfica duo Victor Lindelof and Nelson Semedo, along with Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in 2017. It is believed Lindelof is most likely to be the first signing, as Mourinho considers he is realistically attainable in January.
Ibrahimovic has given a glowing appraisal to the Portuguese manager of compatriot Lindelof, while Benfica coach Rui Vitoria has refused to rule out the player moving to Old Trafford. “If there are exits, we will find solutions,” he said.
Griezmann may well be at the top of the shopping list, however, with the Red Devils preparing to meet his £84 million release clause to land the Atletico showman. The Frenchman finished third in the Ballon d’Or voting for 2016, which is obviously a testament to how good a year it has been for him.
He is also a close friend of United midfielder Paul Pogba, his compatriot, and United are likely to take full advantage of the pair’s close relationship in an effort to secure Mourinho’s top priority summer target.
Lindelof, Semedo and Bakayoko are 22, 23, and 22 years old respectively, and it certainly hints that Mourinho is planning for the long-term future at United.
It is no doubt that exciting times await for the United faithful.