The season is coming to a close, and there is not much that Jose Mourinho can do to make the final report card look better, with a potential FA Cup win the only possible solace to an otherwise lackluster campaign.
Despite defeating their major rivals in the league, much more needs to be done in terms of team reshaping before they can hoist the illustrious silverwares yet again. In view of this, Mourinho is said to have two big targets on his radar, both from Barcelona.
As per Don Balon, the Portuguese gaffer has made acquiring Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic central to his summer’s transfer plans.
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The duo fits perfectly to United’s transfer requirements, as the areas of defense and midfield could be filled quite well with the world-class talent.
While Umtiti will be a perfect one-up to the names currently in United’s backline, Rakitic could ideally function as the replacement for the retiring Michael Carrick.
The Catalan giants too, saw an unexpected exodus from the Champions League, as Roma were able to engineer a sensational comeback to spoil the club’s road to the semi-finals.
Now, the interest from Mourinho ought to be viewed as another headache from Barcelona, who are already struggling with regards to Umtiti’s expiring contract situation. Incidentally, the same flaw is what has led to such an earnest interest from the Red Devils.
As for Rakitic, United are reportedly joined by Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Liverpool in their hunt. Despite the fact that he is an integral part of how the La Liga leaders function, the arrival of fresh transfers in the summer might see him become surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.
At 30, it is easy to see why this is the case, but the same argument can be made against him arriving at Old Trafford, as the accompanying price tag won’t exactly be a bargain either.