Thursday 23 November 2017

'Sellers and not buyers' - Jose Mourinho offers revealing comments over his Manchester United transfer plans

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring against Hull with manager Jose Mourinho
Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring against Hull with manager Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he plans to spend big in next summer’s transfer market, in comments that suggests he WILL NOT be making fresh signings in the January window.

United have been heavily linked with Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in recent weeks, but the lack of movement on that potential transfer in the first two weeks of the window confirms that reports in Portugal of an imminent move for the Swedish centre-back were wide of the mark.

Now Mourinho has gone public with his transfer plans, as he looks to off-load some of his fringe squad players to make way for what could be another record breaking summer of spending at United.

Morgan Schneiderlin appears to be on his way to Everton, while United are actively trying to sell exiled midfielders Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but it is clear from these comments that replacements are unlikely to arrive this month.

“I am convinced that in this winter market we will be sellers and not buyers,” Mourinho said to the Portuguese channel Sport TV.

“We want to raise pounds to attack in the summer, as we did this year with the contract of four players.”

Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrived amid a splurge of big investment at United following Mourinho’s appointment as the club’s manager last summer and it seems more of the same can be expected ahead of next season.

United have been heavily linked with a summer move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, with Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez also rumoured to be a transfer target.

Unless Mourinho is being a little devious in his latest comments, it would appear that he is keeping his bank balance healthy ahead of those big money moves next summer and a run of nine straight wins for his United team confirms that the urgency for fresh signings this month has been removed.

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