Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will conduct no more business in this summer’s transfer window.
The 53-year-old completed his dealings in the transfer market in characteristically efficient style, landing the signatures of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba before the start of the 2016/17 season.
It was rumoured that Mourinho, after completing the acquisition of his four ‘fundamental’ signings, was keen on drafting in another defender, with Southampton’s Jose Fonte and AS Monaco’s Fabinho amongst those reportedly linked with a move to Old Trafford.
However, speaking at a press conference, Mourinho made it clear that there will be no more arrivals and departures this summer.
“I think we are going to have a very quiet week,” said the boss.
“Not surrounded by helicopters waiting for someone to arrive or leave – I am more than happy with the squad I have.”
“I have 23 players in the squad and, in principle, there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming. It’s more than enough and if you have a problem or an opportunity then I have a few young players in the Academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in their process.”
The final week of the summer transfer window is a notoriously frantic time, with various clubs furiously scrapping to complete last minute signings. And such hysteria is always counter productive, often causing ruptures in a side’s momentum when the media’s attention is diverted towards one player.
Mourinho, the staunch pragmatist, is clearly not keen on letting such mania infect his side. The 53-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with a clear plan, a clear vision of what how his squad will look. And with his four ‘fundamental signings’ settled, Mourinho has his desired formula, and will now focus his efforts on turning this squad into a group of integrated, ruthless warriors.