Jose Mourinho has already pin-pointed a number of transfer targets at Manchester United for the upcoming summer transfer window.
The 54-year-old recently made it clear that he would not make any signings during the January transfer window, expressing a preference for doing transfer business over the summer.
And Mourinho, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s game against Hull City, has insisted that plans for next summer’s transfer window have already been devised.
“I know what I want,” he said. “I always think every week the more I know my players the more I know my team, the more I know the competition, but it’s a competition which is in permanent evolution and it needs permanent evolution.
“The market closed today so there is no point to be speaking about the next transfer window.”
It was ruthless business, and following the combined sale of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay for £38m during the January window, one can almost sense that Mourinho is meticulously planning every step for next summer, ensuring that the conditions are exactly right for everything to slide into place once the summer window opens.