Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly confident of sealing a big-money move for Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose. The England international has received limited first-team opportunities with Spurs since his recovery from a long-term knee problem in September.
According to The Mail, the Portuguese tactician wants to make Rose his ‘next first-choice left-back’ and a £50m deal could be struck in either January or at the end of the season. Ashley Young, an attacking player by trade, has comfortably slotted into the left side of the defence this term, but Mourinho still appears intent on signing a specialist with Luke Shaw, in particular, failing to impress.
The former Southampton graduate has been restricted to just a solitary start in the Champions League this term, and his future looks more or less away from Old Trafford with the manager reluctant to play him in the starting lineup despite the progress shown in training.
Meanwhile, Rose is currently playing second fiddle to Ben Davies in the Spurs’ ranks, and his exclusion from the matchday squad for the north London derby last month seems to have created a split in the relationship with manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Rose, who is presently earning around £65,000-a-week, will be ineligible to feature for United in this season’s Champions League and a summer deal looks a probable option with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy likely to restrict the player’s departure midway through the season.