Sunday 18 February 2018

Jose Mourinho eyes up Roma midfielder if he fails to land Paul Pogba

Miralem Pjanic (left)
Miralem Pjanic (left)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Roma's midfield playmaker Miralem Pjanic, according to reports.

The Old Trafford outfit were this week linked with a mega-money move for former player Paul Pogba.

However, Mourinho has a back-up plan should he be unable to convince the France star to return to the red side of Manchester.

The Portuguese is interested in capturing the signing of Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 26-year-old hit double figures for both goals and assists during the 2015-16 Serie A season, a mark of his productivity.

Netting 10 times while providing 12 assists, Pjanic's creativity could add a much-needed spark to what was a laboured United midfield under Louis van Gaal.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is reportedly a target of former club Manchester United
Paul Pogba is a target for Manchester United

Seven Champions League appearances reaped two goals and a single assist for the Bosnian, who would need to be convinced to take a step down in European competition terms for a season at least.

With a contract at Roma that doesn't expire until 2018, the Red Devils may have to splash the cash with the Italian club in the driving seat with regards to transfer negotiations.

Having failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after they were beaten over two legs by the Republic of Ireland in a tournament playoff, Pjanic would be raring to go when United's players report for pre-season on July 4.

Mourinho is said to be keen on getting the club's summer recruitment done early, having felt the brunt of a slow transfer window for Chelsea last summer.

A deal for enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to be close to completion, with a sit-down between Mourinho and his former charge to take place early next week as the Sweden striker seeks assurances that he won't be a bit-part player should he sign for United.

The Old Trafford club have further been linked with Everton and England centre-half John Stones, as well as a sensational swoop for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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