Mourinho gives hint over Man United’s summer transfer plans

Date published: Wednesday 31st January 2018 9:39

Jose Mourinho has provided a telling hint about Manchester United’s plans for the summer transfer window.

The United boss has brought in Alexis Sanchez this month in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal.

The club has been strongly linked with Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, while Daley Blind is in talks over a move to Roma as the January transfer window draws to a close.

But the United boss has already turned his attentions towards the summer as he gave a small insight into his transfer plans and why strengthening his midfield will be his top priority.

“I think in attack it’s very difficult for us to improve. Where are we going to get a better combination of players than we have?” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“We cannot buy Messi, we cannot buy Cristiano. These are the best players of the last decade. Where can we get better players than Mata, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Sanchez, Lukaku? So, in attack, we have an amazing group of players.

“In midfield Michael Carrick will be not the No.16. Who will have Michael Carrick in his shirt next season, so we lose a player. It’s there in midfield where we need to improve but to get a player to compensate the situation of Michael.

“If Marouane Fellaini leaves we have two gaps there so let’s see what happens. But in relation to Fellaini the good thing is he wants to stay with us and we would like him to stay with us. To sign a contract the person must be happy and let’s see.”

The future of Fellaini has been a hot topic at United, with reports on Tuesday suggesting the United boss plans to offer the player the vice-captaincy at the club in an effort to persuade him to stay.

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