Jose Mourinho has been pictured sitting in the stands watching Austria vs Russia on Wednesday night, hours after reports broke that Manchester United are interested in signing Marko Arnautovic.
Mourinho reportedly wants the West Ham United forward as a backup striker to Romelu Lukaku, but would cost at least £50m to bring to Old Trafford this summer with his club’s stance at ‘not for sale’.
Austria beat Russia 1-0 at the Tivoli-Neu courtesy of Alessandro Schopf’s 28th-minute goal as part of the latter’s 2018 World Cup preparations as the host nation.
When pictures emerged confirming Mourinho was present the first names that sprouted up on the internet were obviously Arnautovic, but also David Alaba as United search for a new left-back before the 2018-19 season.
However, reputed journalist Gianluca Di Marzio later reported that he was indeed scouting players; CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov, and West Ham’s Arnautovic.
This makes sense, as Mourinho is said to be keen on acquiring a centre-midfielder and backup frontman over the close season.
Mourinho could’ve also been getting to know the Russian national team as he prepares to feature on Kremin-funded TV network RT throughout the World Cup, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of the boss over summer.