‘I wouldn’t lose this chance’, Jose Mourinho hints at big-money signing in January

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has hinted that he may dip into the January transfer market, should the opportunity arise to pursue a top player. The Manchester United boss made no signings last time around, but he did permit the sales of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin for a combined £30m plus fee.

Speaking in his press conference prior to the West Brom game, Mourinho was open to the prospect of pursuing someone in the New Year, although he did not specifically reference the kind of player he could be after.

He told reporters h/t The Mail: “I’m not a big defender of the January market but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn’t lose that chance.

“I don’t like the January market. But if you can buy a player that you would buy in June and you have the chance to get him a few months before then great.”

Injuries have played a significant part for United this term with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini missing more than a month of league action, which coincided with their lean run in the Premier League.

Eric Bailly has recently suffered an ankle issue which will keep him out for at least 12 weeks, but this is a position which is well covered with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind capable of playing in central defence.

Manchester United are not in desperate need of reinforcements in January, but they could potentially move for a new number 10, should Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave Old Trafford. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has been recently linked, but the north London side are reluctant to lose him until the summer.


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