The Portuguese tactician has repeatedly stressed on the fact that he needs more signings before the season begins, yet Manchester United are struggling to strike agreement for Mourinho’s prime transfer targets like Ivan Perisic, Nemanja Matic, and Eric Dier.
The Red Devils have so far signed a defender in Victor Lindelof and a striker in Romelu Lukaku, but the Manchester United boss wants two more players to be fully prepared for the upcoming season.
Jose Mourinho is said to be a big fan of Perisic and Matic – two players he desperately wants at Old Trafford next season. Despite the coach’s keen interest, however, the United officials have failed to agree deals for the aforementioned players so far.
Perisic has been the subject of an incessant transfer approach by Manchester United over the transfer window, but Inter Milan are yet to budge. Moreover, the new Inter coach has brought further bad news for Manchester United fans, by claiming that the Premier League giants have given up in their pursuit of the winger.
Luciano Spalletti was quoted as saying: “There has been no more significant contact in the last few weeks. So for me the conversation is over. The more days that go by, the more difficult it becomes for us to replace him [Perisic] and, therefore, I would strongly oppose his departure.”
The transfer situation around Matic and Perisic has contributed to the dismay of Manchester United boss, who is believed to be on the verge of falling out with the hierarchy headed by Ed Woodward. The Reds need to fasten their transfer approaches to give Mourinho a squad he feels would be strong enough to challenge for titles.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.