Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to sign Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, according to reports.
The Portuguese boss is a big fan of the defender with a potential cut-price switch on the cards at £11.8 million, with Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Bilbao also interested in landing his services.
Azpilicueta won the Premier League title and Captial One Cup under Mourinho last season at Stamford Bridge but reports suggest Man United’s pursuit of the 26-year-old could be complicated due to the Chelsea’s reluctance to strengthen a Premier League rival.
He’s been solid for Chelsea scoring two goals and averaging six defensive actions-per-game in 37 Premier League appearances, winning 48% of his average duels and with an average pass accuracy of 81%.
Man United have already signed Eric Bailly at Man United and it looks like Mourinho could be looking to sign another defender at Old Trafford to help add depth to the current squad.
United enjoyed an incredible defensive record during the 2015/16 campaign but this was largely down to the excellent form of David de Gea rather than the defence.
Daley Blind lined up alongside Chris Smalling in central defence but it was clear that the Dutchman isn’t a natural defender. It’s great Mourinho has signed Bailly at the club and he has previously proven he is a versatile player that can play anywhere along the back four so the a spot in the middle could still be open if Mourinho wants to sign Azpilicueta.