The likes of Pogba, Bailly, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic were all purchased for big money in the summer and it seems Jose Mourinho still wants to splash the cash in the winter transfer window in January. He wants assurances that money will be made available for him to purchase the players he feels will take the Red Devils to the next level.
The Daily Mirror reports that Jose is ready to sign two new defenders in January, as he is currently unhappy with the state of his defence. The likes of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba valued at £40m and £30m Virgil Van Dijk are rumoured to be top of his targets.
Executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward is reportedly locked in talks with Mourinho over the signing of new players, but has told the former Chelsea manager that he has to offload some players of his team, to make funds available for the signing of new players.
The likes of Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Chris Smalling and surprisingly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all been deemed surplus to requirements at the club and will be offered to other clubs, so as to generate funds. The likes of Smalling, Blind and Shaw have been generally below par, and Mourinho is actively looking to replace them, as he is on a mission to compete for the title come the turn of the year.
After spending over £140m during the summer, United have been beset by poor results after a good start to the season. They are currently sixth on the Premier League table and are third in their Europa League, though, they are in the quarter finals of the League Cup, where they have a very winnable tie against West Ham next week. World record signing, Paul Pogba has played well in spurts this season and has not justified his huge transfer fee.
United have also been linked to Alexander Dragovic. The Bayer Leverkusen centre back has struggled for playing time at the BayArena this season, and could be a cheaper alternative to Van Dijk, as he is valued at £20m.