Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has laid down the marker when it comes to transfers at the club. He wants new players, but just can’t seem to get them.
A couple of weeks ago, the Portuguese boss unleashed a tongue lashing during a press conference in the United States, where he indirectly blamed the club’s higher-ups for not granting him his wish of signing the five players that he wanted.
Jose went on to reveal that two players were still on the agenda, and a deal might be worked out. Now, he might be fearing the worst, with just a few days left before deadline day.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Mourinho stated: “My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time. He knows what I want, I know that he tries to do the best for me and I still have a few days to wait what is going to happen.
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“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and have fantastic squads, like Chelsea, Tottenham or Manchester City, or they are investing massively like Liverpool, that are buying everything and everybody. And if we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”
Mourinho has lobbied for signing defenders in particular, and the club has been linked with a fair share of deep-lying players, with Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld a real prospect.
Leicester City’s Harry Maguire is also a viable alternative, but the Foxes aren’t willing to sell cheap, and that could prove to be a huge roadblock at this stage.
Barcelona defender Yerry Mina is another centre-back who has been rumoured to join the Manchester club, but only if Maguire and Alderweireld don’t end up making it to Old Trafford.
With Thursday set as deadline day, time is soon running out for the Red Devils.