Jose Mourinho is on a mission during this summer transfer window, and that mission looks fairly obvious to anyone who’s been following the progress of the Red Devils since the previous season concluded.
The Portuguese manager is in the process of a squad overhaul in order to strengthen the United ranks ahead of the new season, which begins in August.
Now, it appears as if the next chapter in this pursuit may have come our way with Mourinho reportedly (via Bild) interested in signing Augsburg defender Philipp Max to bolster his back line, and find another out-and-out left-back. The only problem however, seems to be the price.
Augsburg rate their 24-year-old player quite highly, and are demanding a fee of €40 million to let go of their impressive young star, who made 33 appearances for the club last season, scoring twice and notching up 13 assists in the process.
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Manchester United already have Luke Shaw and Ashley Young tailor-made for the position, but a lack of confidence in the former and the age of the latter have proved to be major concerns for Mourinho. This was also evident when he signed young Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto last week.
Jose also has Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, and Daley Blind, all of which are capable of playing there. But now, he clearly wants to consolidate the position with the pace and defensive ability of Max to offer more options to United.
Apart from Dalot, United have also completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of around £53 million, making this a busy summer for the club, as they look to emulate the success garnered under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
While it remains to be seen whether the deal pulls through or not, Mourinho’s intent to sure up every position is there for all to see.