Big Decision: Mourinho Changes United’s Transfer Plans

Jose Mourinho with Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Sir Bobby Charlton.

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Jose Mourinho has finally decided to take a break from transfer activities, and has put any further dealings off until the winter transfer window, reports ESPN.

Manchester United have spent an incredible total of £160 million this summer, as they brought in Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof, and Nemanja Matic from Everton, Benfica, and English Champions Chelsea respectively.

Following his spending spree, the United boss has reached the conclusion that his squad’s current harmony should not be disturbed, as it could affect their form so far.

Though the Premier League giants looked to bring in a winger to further strengthen their squad, failed attempts at signing long-term target Ivan Perisic, along with Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, have only added to the frustration among the higher-ups at the club.

Perisic’s arrival to Old Trafford looked imminent not long ago, however, talks have reportedly broken down due to disagreements between Inter Milan and United about the Croatian’s £50m price tag. On the other hand, despite the Red Devils’ constant efforts and lustrous offers, a move for Bale looks very unlikely.

Consequently, this has led Mourinho to go ahead with his current squad, and he hopes to keep his side’s good run going until January. Moreover, he is reluctant to sell any key player in order to make space for new arrivals, and does not wish to gamble on making last minute dealings.

However, the Portuguese manager possesses depth in terms of his squad, as names like Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford could be called in at any time to fill in the role as a supporting winger. In addition to that, the Mancunians are also expecting Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign an extension, and will return to action around January, which spells good news.

Though the United boss has decided to continue with his current squad, he still considers it ideal to make full use of a good chance of signing a top-class player if the opportunity arises, epecially with the transfer deadline approaching soon.

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Written by Ashish Sreejith 

Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.


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