Friday 24 November 2017

Jose Mourinho outlines his plans for the summer transfer window

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will aim to sign up to four players in next summer’s transfer window, as he confirmed he was not expecting to make major changes to his squad ahead of next season.

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is believed to be at the top of Mourinho’s wanted list, amid reports that the framework of a deal to sign the France striker may already be in place,

Now Mourinho has clarified his vision ahead of a summer of spending, which he hopes of will take place after United have secured passage into next season’s Champions League.

“We prefer to bring two three or four players, players that feel an idea, a football we try to play, that can improve our squad,” he told reporters.

“We are not interested in signing six or seven or sell six or seven, we are not going to play this game. We are stable, so we think our market in the summer will be soft, will be natural.

“It’s not our philosophy independent of the numbers, can you spend £1m £10m or £100m, it’s also the philosophy, the idea and we look at it in this way.”

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward suggested on Thursday that there would not be ‘churning a large number of players’ in and our of the club this season, as Mourinho looks to build on the progress he has made in recent months.

The use of that phrase from Woodward confused Mourinho, as he confessed he had to clarify what it means.

“I had to ask a friend about the word churn because I had no idea, it’s a new word for my vocabulary,” he added. “You have to learn every time you can and I thank Ed for that word because I didn’t have an idea

“He’s completely right, of course we speak about it, what next and we know that we have a squad that like every squad needs changes but we know also that our squad has potential, has good players, many of them in the best age, the age of evolution.

“Some players to leave, some players to come but in a very natural way so I think the word Ed used was a good one.”

Mourinho confirmed that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be staying at United for a second season, as he looked forward to a game against Watford that revives negative memories of his side’s 3-1 defeat against the Hornets last September.

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