Jose Mourinho will be told he has to sell players before making additions to his squad over the January transfer window, according to the BBC.
The 54-year-old acquired the services of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, alongside resigning Zlatan Ibrahimovic, over the summer, but failed to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.
And according to the BBC‘s Simon Stone, given that the club’s wage bill has increased by 13 per cent over the last year, Mourinho will be told he has to offload players before making any signings over January.
The 54-year-old may feel tempted to set about securing the wide-man he desperately needs once 2018 comes around and you sense Luke Shaw, yet to feature in a Premier League match-day squad this season, will be the first out of the exit door.
Reports have claimed that an impasse between Shaw and Mourinho has developed, with the former adamant that he has done all he can to impress the boss.
Perhaps a swap deal with Tottenham Hotspur involving Danny Rose, who has expressed a desire to play up north, could be on the cards if Mourinho cannot secure the attacking winger he wants.