Jose Mourinho is just a budget David Moyes. We know this because Manchester United’s current manager will copy one of their previous ones by targeting Seamus Coleman of Everton.
The Sunday People report that Mourinho has identified Coleman as ‘the ideal full-back’, which presumably means that he isn’t Matteo Darmian, and is a considerable upgrade on Antonio Valencia.
Moyes attempted to sign Coleman during his ill-fated managerial spell in 2013, but failed to do so. ‘Mourinho might find it just as tough to land the 27-year-old now,’ writes Steve Bates.
ROMELU’S THE DADDY
United have always been fond of a signing from Everton, and the Daily Star bring us more news of interest in other Toffees. Mourinho also wants Romelu Lukaku.
Having sold the Belgian striker to Everton in summer 2014, Mourinho has reportedly retained an interest in Lukaku while he continues to score the goals that prove he should perhaps have been given a chance at Chelsea.
United had scouts watch Everton’s recent 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, in which Lukaku scored the goal for Ronald Koeman’s side. We find ourselves repeating this quite often, but it would be weird if one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League wasn’t keeping tabs on one of the best strikers in the top flight.
And, of course, Lukaku’s agent is one Mino Raiola. The deal is pretty much done.
CITY SPEND CONTINUES
We cross the city for our final transfer update. Manchester City really want some full-backs. Possibly as many as four, to be precise.
According to The Times, Pep Guardiola could spend more than £100m on defenders alone in January, with two right-backs and two left-backs being scouted by the club. Each of their current options – Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy – are 30 or older and, well, not that good. They can certainly be improved upon.
Hector Bellerin, Arsenal’s £40m-rated defender, is one such target. Jose Gaya of Valencia, a left-back valued at £45m, is another. That is all Duncan Castles tells us. And considering Castles has made his dislike of Guardiola’s methods (and intense love for Jose Mourinho’s) rather public, you have to question what he will know of the former’s transfer plans.
AND THE REST
Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian, 26, is closing in on a return to his native Italy with a move to Inter Milan set to be finalised…New York Red Bulls are not interested in signing United’s out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger despite rumours linking the 32-year-old German with a move to Major League Soccer…Red Devils midfielder Juan Mata, 28, is in line for a new four-year contract after impressing Mourinho…Barcelona are targeting Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen…Timothy Fosu-Mensah is set to sign a new Manchester United contract…Wolfsburg playmaker Julian Draxler will be playing his football at one of Europe’s leading clubs next season, according to his agent…Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham scouts are keeping tabs on rising Lyon star Emanuel Mammana…Thiago Silva’s agent has hinted that the Brazilian could be on his way to Chelsea…Sunderland boss David Moyes has renewed interest in Austria defenders Martin Hinteregger and Aleksandar Dragovic…Steve Bruce has edged closer towards landing the Aston Villa job and will be formally interviewed by the club in the next 48 hours.