Monday 5 December 2016

Man United board set to 'allocate significant funds' for Jose Mourinho to swoop for top defender

Published 02/12/2016 | 09:34

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Man United's defence was rocked by the injury to summer signing Eric Bailly in October - but Jose Mourinho is set to be given the capital to buy a reinforcement.

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The Ivory Coast international impressed in early performances for the Red Devils before a knee injury ruled him out for a sustained period of time. Mourinho is still trying to find his best defence after overseeing a patchy 13-game start to his Premier League career with Man United, and he could well buy in a big name in January to plug the hole left by Bailly.

Duncan Castles is reporting that Ed Woodward and the Man United board are prepared to 'allocate significant funds' to allow Mourinho to sign a top quality replacement for the 22-year-old.

Benfica's Swedish centre back Victor Lindelof has been repeatedly linked with the Old Trafford club, and it is thought he would cost upwards of £25m to bring to Manchester.

Bailly, who was signed from Villarreal in June, was purchased for £30m.

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