Friday 28 April 2017

Mourinho reveals he is targeting 'two or three' stars in summer spending spree

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex on February 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex on February 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Jose Mourinho has said that he wants to bring in two or three players this summer to take the 'next step' with Manchester United next season.

United have habitually been linked with long term targets Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, and while Mourinho wouldn't reveal the identity of his transfer targets this summer, he did confirm that he has two or three players earmarked for a move to Old Trafford.

"I think with this group of players, with the squad that we have, with the difficulties that we are having during the season, I think we are more than fine and I think that we will be ready in July to open the door to two or three good players to help us improve our level," Mourinho said in an interview with Sky Sports on Sunday.

"Because you reach a certain level of stability, you find your way to play, you find your philosophy to play, this is very important and we are doing that with some stability.

"The team is quite stable in the way the team plays. Then you need one more push and the next push is in the next transfer window."

Mourinho brought in no new players during the January transfer window but did offload out of favour midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay to Everton and Lyon respectively.

The Portuguese manager insists that United don't necessarily have to bring in new players to improve their title chances this season, but that by signing two or three new players in the summer, the club will be able to take the next step forward in competing for silverware both domestically and in Europe.

"We didn’t use [our funds] in the winter but we are obviously going to use it in the summer. Mr. Woodward was saying of keeping a huge percentage of the players we have at this moment in the squad but we need the next push," added the former Chelsea boss.

Mourinho also said that he is keen for United to complete his business early this summer in order to try and avoid finalising deals in late August.

The 54-year-old has a history at both Chelsea and United of conducting his business within the first few weeks of the window and he intends for this summer to be no different, although he did concede that he understands that these deals can often be complicated and require time, as seen with the signing of midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus last summer.

"If possible it’s better," added the United boss when asked about trying to complete his transfer deals in the early stages of the window.

"If you can start the pre-season with your squad obviously it’s better. The market closes on the 31st of August when you are already playing matches. It’s not the best moment to do it but sometimes deals are so difficult to do that sometimes the people that are responsible need one more day, one more week, and it goes until the end."

"I think it’s the next step. Is the next step enough to win titles? I think probably that we can win this season without the transfer window but I think it’s a good opportunity for the next step."

The Red Devils currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League just two points behind fourth place Arsenal and the final qualification spot for the Champions League.

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