Mourinho Scouts Two Belgian Stars, Including A Surprise Midfield Target

Belgium players celebrate after Kevin De Bruyne scores their second goal.

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Manchester United could be in for some crucial incomings in the January transfer window as far key signings are concerned.

Manager Jose Mourinho was recently spotted in Brussels, watching Belgium’s Nations League fixture.

The Red Devils’ boss was reportedly scouting Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld, who has been a chief target since the summer. However, the centre-back wasn’t the only player monitored by the Portuguese.

According to a report in Het Laatste Nieuws, Mourinho was also keeping an eye on Alex Witsel. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is being targeted by Mourinho for the upcoming January window, as United plan to test the German club’s resolve.


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Witsel moved to the current Bundesliga leaders in the summer, and it is highly unlikely that an in-form Dortmund would allow their key asset to depart so soon. But the Mancunian club is expected to give BVB their desired profit, so as to bolster their own squad.

Witsel has turned out to be one of the biggest bargain buys of the summer, having moved to Germany for a paltry £17m in August from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.


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Mourinho is said to be regretting his decision of not moving for the experienced player. The decorated manager instead opted to spend fortunes on Brazilian midfielder Fred, who hasn’t found the composure in the Premier League so far.

Witsel has bagged 3 goals in 17 appearances for Dortmund, who are four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. United have a packed midfield with multiple options, but if the 29-year-old arrives, he shall surely ease things out.

His arrival could also lead to Scott McTominay getting loaned out to garner some vital experience.