Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to complete two last-ditch January signings before the window closes on Tuesday, as per reports.
Mourinho is believed to be worried about United’s congested fixture list, as the Red Devils continue to fight for four titles – the Premier League, the Europa League, the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup.
And with Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay already having departed from the club for Everton and Lyon respectively, and Ashley Young also looking set to leave before the deadline day, Mourinho now has a very small squad, that he thinks is nowhere near enough for a team still playing in four tournaments.
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The Portuguese has therefore asked Woodward to make some last-moment additions to the squad, and complete the signings of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, as per The Sunday Times.
The Old Trafford officials have reportedly conducted initial talks with both the players’ representatives, but there have been no further developments. Moreover, Woodward seems to be against signing any new recruits this late, due to the fact that United will now have to pay way over the odds to complete both the deals.
Bakayoko and Lindelof, both 22, are currently two of the hottest prospects in European football, and Manchester United will easily have to cough up over £70 million to sign these talents. But with Woodward’s reluctance, coupled with Mourinho’s persistence and United’s desperation, it remains to be seen how this late and dramatic transfer saga shapes up.