Jose Mourinho is targeting four new additions to his squad and will be prepared to let six or seven players leave as he continues his overhaul of personnel at Manchester United over the summer, according to reports.
The 55-year-old insisted back in December that the money spent on signings since his arrival – about £330m – was still not enough to challenge Manchester City.
Defeat to Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League has only further strengthened his resolve to add reinforcements over the window, with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, who recently handed the Portuguese a new deal, fully supportive of the manager’s transfer policy.
And according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, Mourinho will seek to add four more signings in the summer and let as many as seven players leave the club.
Further injury woes for Phil Jones and Chris Smalling‘s patchy form has prompted Mourinho into lining up a new partner for Eric Bailly. Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, who has a release clause of €60m, is a realistic target amid disputes with his current club over a new contract.
The boss recently stated that he would not add any more attacking reinforcements following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, pledging to focus on his midfield instead, and with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick both set to leave in the summer supporters will be expecting at least one midfielder to arrive. Jean-Michael Seri, Jorginho, Fred, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Toni Kroos have all been mentioned as targets.
Another area in need of addressing is full-back following Mourinho’s continued use of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in that role for most of the season – a clear message to the board that, sooner rather than later, some serious regeneration is needed in that area.
It certainly promises to be a busy – and, for Mourinho, somewhat defining – summer at Old Trafford.