Mourinho snubbed Woodward’s ‘dream’ move for £200m duo

Date published: Tuesday 5th November 2019 8:27

Ed Woodward Jose Mourinho Manchester United

Jose Mourinho rejected Ed Woodward’s proposal that Manchester United should sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports.

The Portuguese coach was sacked last December after high-profile clashes with star players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, while there was apparent discontent over the club’s failure to sign a defender in the summer.

And the Manchester Evening News claims that Mourinho thought Verratti and Varane were ‘unattainable’ after executive vice-chairman Woodward had recommended the pair as his ‘dream signings’.

Woodward has now ‘stepped aside from Manchester United‘s recruitment strategy’ but he saw Verratti and Varane as the ‘elite options’ in the 2018 summer transfer window.

Instead of that duo, who would have reportedly cost around £100m each, the Red Devils brought in Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant for a combined total of £72.5million.

While Fred filled the central midfield position for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk, United failed to bring in the centre-back Mourinho wanted.

The club were linked with lots of defenders from Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar to Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, who signed for them in summer 2019.

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