Manchester United reportedly failed to lure Gareth Bale from Real Madrid during this summer’s transfer window. The Red Devils had finalised a suitable agreement with Los Blancos for the Welshman, but unfortunately, Bale declined the move.
According to Don Balon, Jose Mourinho had convinced United to part with a club-record £90m fee for the Wales international after both Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane gave the green light for the move.
However, the three-time Champions League winner was not keen on leaving the Bernabeu and refused to hold talks with the Red Devils. This, in hand, scuppered Los Blancos’ plans of signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan instead.
Despite this, Mourinho will be clearly happy with his transfer business with new recruits Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic having played a pivotal role in the opening stages of the campaign.
Victor Lindelof has not quite lived to the manager’s expectations, but the Swede has been working hard in training and is set to make his ‘home debut‘ in the Champions League opener versus Basel later this month.
A wide man had been regarded as a priority for Mourinho during the summer, but it looks unlikely that there will be further additions in January with the Portuguese hinting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have a key role to play in the second half of the season.