Mourinho Identifies His Top Target For The Remainder Of The Transfer Window

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gestures to the fans at the end of the match.

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire tops Manchester United’s wishlist as the deadline day nears.

Manchester United have had a pretty poor transfer window this summer. The Red Devils were quick to open their account, as they sealed deals for Diogo Dalot and Fred. Lee Grant became their third signing, as Joel Pereira is anticipating a loan move to develop his skills.

But things have stalled at Old Trafford since then. Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure, as United officials have failed to bring in his transfer targets. Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld was on the top of his wishlist, but negotiations haven’t moved further since he travelled to Russia.

Manchester United officials contacted Daniel Levy to inquire about his price, and were informed that they would have to pay above £60 million, which they weren’t ready to pay, as the defender would cost only £25 million next summer.

With the transfer deadline day arriving on August 9, Jose Mourinho has decided to focus on bringing in Harry Maguire to solve his centre-back issues. As per The Times, United are lining up a move for the Leicester City defender, and hope to bring him to Old Trafford before the season begins.

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Jose Mourinho is in the process of revamping his defence. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been far from impressive over the past two seasons. Last summer’s recruit, Victor Lindelof, is finding it difficult to adjust to life in England.

The United gaffer also seemed to have banished Eric Bailly towards the end of last season, but things have improved  now, as Jose himself confirmed that the Ivorian will not be sold at any cost.

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But the club still lacks the voice of a ‘general’ who can organize the defence efficiently. The Portuguese boss made attempts to bring in Leonardo Bonucci, but the Italian’s heart is set at a Juventus return.

Harry Maguire seems a good choice to lead United’s backline, considering his performances in Russia this summer. It will be interesting to see how quickly the Reds can seal this deal and integrate him to the squad before the season begins on 10th August.

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