Jose Mourinho looking to change his Man United transfer policy as he targets Premier League duo - report
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to refocus his transfer policy to sign players boasting Premier League experience - with Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and Chelsea’s Willian on his wanted list, according to a report on Yahoo Sports.
Mourinho splashed the cash last summer to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borrusia Dortmund, yet the expensive duo took time to settle in English football.
Now Yahoo are reporting that Mourinho is eager to shake-up his transfer policy, as he looks to sign players who will have an instant impact without an acclimatization period.
Mourinho has persistently suggested that signing players from his Premier League rivals would be preferable, yet he has also suggested finalising deals with wealthy domestic rivals will be difficult.
“Here (in England), everyone is powerful now,” said Mourinho in an interview with France Football this week.
“The scenery has changed. If I want to buy a player from Tottenham, I can’t. Nor can I buy a player from Manchester City or Arsenal.
“That was not the case before. At Chelsea, I brought in Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was the best player at Manchester City or Ashley Cole from Arsenal.
“Sir Alex (Ferguson), when he wanted the best player from Tottenham, he bought Michael Carrick and then Dimitar Berbatov.”
Despite Mourinho’s dismissive comments, Alderweireld and Willian may well be available this summer for different reasons and both could be perfect fits for his United jigsaw.
Spurs are still trying to tie Belgian centre-back Alderweireld down to a new contract, with talks ongoing over the course of this season and yet to reach a successful conclusion.
Widely hailed as the best defender in the Premier League this season, Alderweireld could be a valuable addition to the United defence if he could be prised away from Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Willian’s Chelsea future has been uncertain for some time, as he has slipped down the first team pecking order under manager Antonio Conte.
Mourinho gave Willian a warm embrace when he was substituted during United’s FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea earlier this month, with the Brazilian attacking midfielder one of the few players who continued to perform at his best during his agonising final days as Blues manager last season.
With Ashley Young tipped to leave United at the end of this season, Willian would be a fine replacement, with the Brazilian confirming he was a transfer target for United last summer.
"There were enquiries. It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too," stated Willian. "I'm glad to hear that there are clubs that admire my work."
It remains to be seen whether Tottenham or Chelsea would entertain the prospect of doing business with United for their star men as they have done in previous years when they sold Berbatov and Juan Mata, yet there appears to be plenty of logic in this intriguing transfer story.