Mourinho And Woodward At Loggerheads Over Marquee Summer Signing

Jose Mourinho with Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Sir Bobby Charlton.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to sign TWO Real Madrid players this summer, with the future of Gareth Bale hanging in the balance after he hinted he may be willing to leave the Bernabeu.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is also desperate to land the Welsh superstar as the club’s marquee summer signing, according to The Sun.

But his manager is egging Woodward on to find extra cash to fund the capture of the 28-year-old winger, in order to keep this cash available for spending on other players he is more interested in.

The Old Trafford boss believes he is close to finalising deals for long-term central midfield targets Fred and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

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However, reports indicate that the Manchester United manager is also interested in signing midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

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Kovacic, who has previously been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, has struggled to establish himself in Madrid, and could be tempted by the promise of regular first-team football at Old Trafford.

The logic is that he fills a vacant spot as a versatile central midfielder in the mould of Michael Carrick, who played his last professional game for United this month.

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Mourinho is understood to be keeping forward signings on the backburner following Alexis Sanchez’s swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Arsenal in January.

Bale’s wage demands could prove to be another bone of contention. United could, though, reach an agreement on this issue with ease, having already been named as the most valuable football club in the world.

With Real’s roster situation in flux, the news of Zinedine Zidane’s stepping down is set to cause even more uncertainty and discontinuity in Los Blancos’ locker room.

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