Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jose Mourinho reveals United have two transfer targets if £100m move for Paul Pogba fails

Jose Mourinho is hopeful of a deal for Paul Pogba will be completed
Jose Mourinho is hopeful of a deal for Paul Pogba will be completed

James Ducker

Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester United will pursue other midfield targets if they fail to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

United are in pole position to sign Pogba and are prepared to smash the world transfer record to bring the France midfielder back to Old Trafford four years after his acrimonious departure from the club.

But with Ed Woodward, the United executive vice chairman, still haggling with Juventus over a fee that could make Pogba the world’s first £100million footballer, Mourinho has claimed he has two alternative options in the event a deal cannot be struck for the 23-year-old.

Blaise Matuidi, the PSG midfielder, and Nemanja Matic, of Chelsea, are thought to be the other players under consideration. United have already signed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and defender Eric Bailly, with Pogba the potential fourth and final piece of the jigsaw.

“I don't confirm and I don't deny, I cannot tell,” the United manager said when asked if the club had secured a deal for Pogba.

"First of all, because I don't think it’s correct to speak about players from other clubs. He's a Juventus player, not a Manchester United player.

“The only thing I can say is that my board, my directors, did fantastic work to do 75 per cent of the job I asked them to do.

“I asked them for four profiles of players, I gave them a few options and they did for me 75 per cent of the job in Ibrahimovic, Mkhitayran and Bailly, and we just have 25 per cent to do before August 31.

“So we are in a great conditions to do what I consider will be a great market for us. We are calm, we know the profile of player want and we have three faces to fill that profile. I am really confident Mr Woodward and the owners will get the profile of player that think the squad needs to have a good balance."

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