Mourinho at odds with Roma over Man Utd transfer target

Date published: Thursday 12th August 2021 1:56 - Will Ford

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Jose Mourinho is reportedly at odds with the Roma hierarchy over signing Nemanja Matic from Manchester United this summer.

Roma have already spent over £50million on new players, including Rui Patricio from Wolves for £10million and £15million striker Eldor Shomurodov from Genoa.

But they are yet to sign a central midfielder, a position – if rumours are to be believed – that Mourinho is particularly keen on strengthening.

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The Serie A side were thought to be close to agreeing a deal for Arsenal’s Grant Xhaka, before the Switzerland international signed a new deal at the Emirates.

And Mourinho is also said to be keen on reuniting with Matic, who played under the Portuguese manager at both Chelsea and Manchester United.

That’s according to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim Mourinho ‘would be delighted’ to work with Matic again.

But the owners have made it clear that a deal for Matic is very unlikely.

It’s reported that they believe his age (33) and ‘high salary’ make ‘this hypothesis inconsistent with the principles’ of the club.

Meanwhile, another player who has previously played under Mourinho, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has insisted that his “differences and conflicts” with the the 58-year-old are buried in the past ahead of their first season together at Roma.

The pair spent a season and a half together at Manchester United, with Mkhitaryan arriving two months after Mourinho in the summer of 2016.

Their first campaign yielded a Europa League and League Cup double, with the Red Devils finishing 6th in the Premier League, but the Armenian struggled to get along with his manager, with whom his relationship was “complicated”.

Mkhitaryan said: “What happened in Manchester stays there.

“We spoke as mature people, we both want to go down the same path, we both want to win something with Roma and that is the only thing that matters this year.”

On the push for silverware this season, he added: “When we play a competition, whatever it is, the goal for me is always to win.

“If we play football it’s one thing, but I always play to win. I’ve never played just for fun.

“Without the trophies at the end of your career, you have nothing left. My team-mates and I want to win to remain in the history of the club ”


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