Jose Mourinho hints he’s got Paul Pogba alternatives in mind

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho insists he is considering various other midfield options aside from Paul Pogba in this transfer window.

Various sources, including France’s main sports media outlet, L’Equipe, have claimed the 23-year-old has agreed terms with his former club and will return to Old Trafford this summer.

In his first press conference as Manchester United manager, Mourinho stated he would bring in four ‘fundamental’ signings, of which three have already joined in the form of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

While the fourth is almost certainly set to be Pogba, Mourinho stated earlier he has considered a number of alternative midfield options.

“All I can say is my board and directors did fantastic work to do 75 per cent of the job I asked them to do,” he said.

“I asked them for four players, four profiles of players I needed and I gave them options. So 75 per cent of the job is done. We have just 25 per cent left to do until 31 August. We are in great conditions to have what I would consider to be a good market for us.

“We are calm. We know the kind of players we want. We have three faces to fill the profile and I am really confident Mr [Ed] Woodward and the owners will get the player I want to have the good balance.”

Mourinho’s transfer strategy this summer has been ruthless and wholly successful. It is no surprise to see that he has other options lined up. The question is: what alternatives does the 53-year-old have in mind? Reports have suggested a possible link with Blaise Matuidi, a fellow countryman of Pogba, who refused to rule out a move to Old Trafford earlier this month.

Another potential option comes in the form of Moussa Sissoko, whose performance in the Euro 2016 final saw his stock rise exponentially. Set to begin the season away at Huddersfield with Newcastle, a move to Old Trafford would be impossible to turn down.

Either way, the Portuguese, who has done some excellent business already this window, will be certain about landing all of his targets this summer.

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