Jose Mourinho is now considering alternatives for Chelsea‘s Willian, as he is reluctant to pay a fee of around £80m for a player about to turn 30. Now, Croatia’s World Cup star Ante Rebic is the latest name to crop up on the Special One’s radar, as per the Independent.
The Portuguese is determined to bring in the type of wide player he feels is essential to his system this summer. Although Willian has long been his primary target, the difficulty of the deal has led to Manchester United looking at other targets.
It’s just that, continuing what has already been a frustrating summer, there are similar complications with other options.
Ivan Perisic was the winger Jose wanted to bring in last year, but United couldn’t strike a deal with Internazionale. Although Mourinho would greatly like the Croatian again, his brilliant performances at the World Cup have seen his price explode.
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There isn’t the same reticence about Gareth Bale, who turned 29 last week. The Welshman, however, has proven credentials as Premier League Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season. Many within United view him as more of an Ed Woodward target than a Mourinho one.
While the Portuguese would of course find great use for the Welsh star, he would still want a focus on other options. This is also why United are looking at Perisic’s international teammate Rebic, who had a similar impact at the World Cup.
Any pursuit would not quite be as complicated as other targets, since there is now a feeling the 24-year-old could do with a step-up from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Manchester United could, however, face competition from Bayern Munich in a prospective bidding war.
Rebic was a crucial cog in Croatia’s wheels this summer, and had better outings than his counterpart on the other wing. It remains to be seen where he lands before the start of the season.