Staring at the standings at the end of the previous campaign and picking up the gap between rivals Manchester City and his club United must have forced Portuguese Mourinho to scour top-tier leagues for a reliable guard who can convincingly steel the end of the park.
He didn’t have to look too far enough as London rivals Tottenham Hotspur had what he needed in Belgian Toby Alderweireld.
The 29-year-old fell out-of-favour with Mauricio Pochettino last term following his second half of last campaign injury crisis that kept him on the sidelines.
The incident roused the urge to exit the club and seek game time elsewhere.Mourinho was quick to sniff out the belying problems and was set to offer him the chance to play in the infamous Red Devils shirt.
However Spurs have stubbornly refused to let him go for the price United are offering.
Mourinho wants the defender for 50 million pounds but the north Londoners will only allow him to leave if his 70 million pounds is met, reports the Daily Express.
The Portuguese tactician is looking to partner him alongside Ivorian Eric Bailly to knot the Red Devils defence ahead of the new campaign.
Alderweireld will definitely be a good addition to the squad, but if the Special One must get his desired player, he must be willing to cough up the sum the LilyWhites have demanded.