Jose Mourinho is looking to get rid of two centre-backs come January, ESPN have revealed.
The Portuguese tactician pursued several defensive targets quite vigorously in the summer transfer window, but despite handing a list of preferred candidates to the club hierarchy, no central defenders were brought in throughout the window.
Jose let his frustrations show publicly, with the effects of the Red Devils’ failure to sign a defender also evident through their performances – Manchester United have already conceded 18 goals in the Premier League so far this season, whilst having scored just one more.
However, Mourinho intends to bring in at least one defender in the upcoming January transfer window. And to make room for the new recruit, the manager is ready to part ways with two of his current centre-backs.
As per the report, Mourinho seems to have already lost faith in Eric Bailly, who has barely featured for the Mancunian outfit since his abysmal performance in their 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in August.
The Ivory Coast international, who appears to have attracted interest from Serie A giants AC Milan, remains quite unsettled at Old Trafford. Further, he hasn’t been offered a contract extension despite his current deal expiring next season, making his departure seemingly more likely.
Marcos Rojo is another player Mourinho intends to axe at the start of the year. The Argentine hasn’t played a game at all since the new season began, and it doesn’t look like he shall make an appearance anytime soon either.
Manchester United are ready to part ways with the injury-prone 28-year-old come January, either on loan, or on a permanent basis altogether.
Mourinho hopes one of these two departures successfully materialise in the winter window, so as to aid his pursuit of Inter defender Milan Skriniar as well as Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld – the defensive duo that sits atop his January wishlist.