Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted the need to further strengthen his squad ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season. The Red Devils have already signed Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku from Benfica and Everton respectively this summer, and Mourinho insists that Ed Woodward knows his demands for the transfer window.
“Ed Woodward is in control. He did Lindelof and Lukaku. He knows that I would like two more players but he also knows that I have balance, I understand the situation, I understand the market and if my club is not able to do two players and just one then I will accept that as a consequence of the market now,” he is quoted as saying on the club’s official website.
While Mourinho has refused to name his targets out of the respect for his opposition, he has given out a hint that he would prefer a midfielder and a wide player in his ranks before the transfer deadline, he added: “One player would be a midfield player that would give me more options and more balance to the team. Another one would be an attacking player – especially that can play through the wings to give me more attacking options.”
Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier have been linked with the central midfield role, but United are still far off from pursuing either with the £50m price tag proving a stumbling block.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic has been identified as the preferred option to strengthen the offensive line, but the Red Devils are reluctant to pay more than £26m for his services.
The Nerazzurri are currently holding out for a £48m fee for Perisic, but this sum could reduce in the coming weeks with the Croatia international eager to seal a move to Old Trafford.