Jose Mourinho believes the January transfer window is normally for clubs who got their recruitment wrong in the summer – unless “a special situation” arises.
The Man Utd boss was explaining his reasoning behind attempting to bring in Alexis Sanchez this month, with the Arsenal star set to complete a move to Old Trafford in the coming days while Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves in the opposite direction.
Mourinho claimed on Friday he was “calmly waiting for news” on the negotiations having confirmed Mkhitaryan would not play against Burnley on Saturday due to his role in the possible swap deal.
Were Sanchez to arrive at Old Trafford this month, it would be a rare example of Mourinho conducting major transfer business in the winter.
“The idea of the transfer market in mid-season, normally I say that is to help clubs that didn’t work well in the summer,” Mourinho said.
“I think that’s for me the point of the January transfer window: to help the clubs that didn’t work well in the summer and they feel they have to do something in January to help what they didn’t do well before.
“It’s because of that we don’t like to do (transfers) in January because it shows that we didn’t give our best, we didn’t try our best and we don’t like to do it.
“But if you have the chance to do (something for) some special players, some player in special circumstances, some player that you (try to) do in the summer and you have the chance to do it now, that’s a special situation and you try to do it.”