Man Utd blocked Mourinho from signing key Liverpool man as manager ‘wasn’t given the money’

Lewis Oldham
Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho

It has been revealed that Jose Mourinho was prevented from signing Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk while he was head coach at Man Utd.

The former Chelsea manager regularly butted heads with United’s hierarchy – Ed Woodward in particular – while he was the club’s head coach. After exiting Old Trafford, he indicated that he wanted to avoid “internal conflict” in his future jobs.

Liverpool paid £75m to sign Van Dijk from Southampton in 2018. The Dutchman has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world following his move to Anfield.

Speaking on the BBC’s Proper Football Podcast, Chris Kamara revealed that Mourinho wanted to sign Van Dijk before he moved to Liverpool.

“I can exclusively reveal that I told Jose [Mourinho] to take him to Manchester United and Jose said ‘these lot won’t give me the money for him.’ And he went to Liverpool.”

Mourinho has gone on to manage Tottenham and AS Roma since departing Man Utd. 

He has regularly come up against Napoli striker Victor Osimhen since returning to Serie A. The manager has admitted that he would buy the Man Utd target if he managed a “club with a lot of money”.

“[Osimhen] is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive,” Mourinho said earlier this year. “If Victor changes, then OK.

“I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money. However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

Osimhen is one of the strikers Man Utd are looking at ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Osimhen is United’s “top priority” over Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

“Harry Kane’s situation is a bit strange. Obviously Man United will try to get him if they can’t get Osimhen, who is their top priority,” Di Marzio told

“But Tottenham want to keep him and renew his contract. They spoke to him and his agent many times. But it also depends on the new Tottenham manager, if Kane can see a winning project at Tottenham.”

Di Marzio adds that Osimhen will be sold for “between 130 and 150 million euros”.

“If they sell Osimhen for 150 million euros they are more than happy and then they don’t need to sell Kvaratskhelia.” Di Marzio added.

“I think Osimhen can leave Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain could be a possibility for him. But Manchester United are probably the favourites to take him.

“Man United’s main focus is definitely Osimhen and has been for at least two seasons. He is an excellent player and very particular with his skills of him ”

“I think Napoli will let him go for between 130 and 150 million euros and Man United can afford it.”

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