With the Premier League set to start today, Manchester United’s shopping seems to have been done but according to Spanish media outlet AS, United are in the market for a defender.
Amongst the names being linked with a move to Old Trafford are Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Serie A champions Juventus’ Leonard Bonucci.
Manchester United have raked up a cumulative transfer spending of €185m this window after signing Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Money garnered from sales of players only amounts to £5.5m with £5m coming from Paddy McNair and the other 500,00 coming from Donald Love. Both of them are from United’s academy and have moved to Sunderland.
José Mourinho has been tasked with balancing the books by selling players he doesn’t require.
Spaniard Juan Mata and former Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger are among the big names in this list.
Mourinho had sold Mata to Manchester United in the January transfer window of 2013 during his spell with Chelsea. Manchester United paid £37.1m for Mata, a club record back then and would be looking to recoup most of the money from his sale.
Schweinsteiger has been banished by Mourinho from the first team and is training with the reserves. He has been put on sale too just one year after he was signed.
Mourinho’s interest in signing Varane has been documented previously with reports revealing that the Portuguese manager wants to manage Frenchman Varane again.
Varane signed for Real Madrid in 2011 for a fee reported to be around €10m. Current Manchester United Kingdom Mourinho was the Real Madrid manager back then.
He helped develop Varane and made him into a world class defender and now he desires to work with him again.
The other transfer target is Juventus’ Leonard Bonucci. The Italian had a wonderful 2015-16 season and was solid for Italy during the Euros.
He has already rejected an approach from same city rivals Manchester City. Also Manchester United will be vary of entering into discussions with Juventus again after the Paul Pogba saga.
A new signing will not come cheap and Mourinho has to make the difficult choice of selling a player to fund a move.