Jose Mourinho has identified Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko as his main midfield target for the summer transfer window, according to reports.
The 22-year-old arrived at the club back in 2014 and has gone on to establish himself as a fundamental aspect of Leonardo Jardim’s side, making 26 appearances so far this season.
Man United have developed a strong transfer relationship with Monaco in recent years following deals over Radamel Falcao and Anthony Martial.
And according to ESPN’s Mark Ogden, Mourinho is keen on using the £24m levied from Morgan Schneiderlin‘s impending move to Everton as a means of securing the Frenchman.
The 53-year-old recently noted that he would not look to sign anybody during the January transfer window, insisting that he would instead look to launch a more sophisticated assault on the transfer market during the summer. And it seems as if Mourinho’s plan to use the funds gained from Schneiderlin’s move to land Bakayoko falls in line with that method of thinking.
Mourinho will indeed require the services of another midfielder for next season. His current system employs three central midfielders – Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera – and his only real back-up comes in the form of Marouane Fellaini and an ailing Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bringing in the Frenchman, therefore, feels like a wise move.