Man Utd transfer news: Who will Man Utd sign before deadline day? Who do club want?
The wheels have threatened to come off during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, with the Portuguese becoming increasingly outspoken and irritated by a variety of matters.
Transfers are arguably chief among the issues as United have so far only managed to bring in Brazil midfielder Fred, raw full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Mourinho freely admitted he wants another two new signings in a bid to launch an improved Premier League title challenge by the August 9 deadline, but attempted to downplay the frustrations of only getting one.
Asked if he was confident he would get both, the United boss said: “No. I am confident I get one.” But who could it be?
Man Utd transfer targets
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is demanding £60m for centre-back. Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, has put the sky-high price tag on the Belgium World Cup star even though he turns 30 in March and has one year left on his White Hart Lane contract.
United are keen on Alderweireld, who has been frozen out by Spurs and their boss Mauricio Pochettino over his new contract demands.
Levy is understood to have accepted he may have to drop Alderweireld’s price when the English transfer window closes in 12 days – allowing overseas club to pay less.
But he’d rather sell to them than United.
The defender wants a switch to Manchester United and the Old Trafford side are willing to splash out £65m on the England star.
But Leicester City are desperate not to sell and are ready to break the bank to keep Harry Maguire out of Mourinho’s clutches.
Tje Foxes aim to block a move and will tempt him to stay by almost doubling his wages from £50k a week to £95k.
Mourinho is desperate to land the 25-year-old but it will take an eye-watering offer of £80m before Leicester even consider letting him go. That seems unlikely given the sulking United manager’s current transfer stand-off with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
So Maguire could stay and land a bumper pay rise with a new four-year deal that will bank him an extra £9.3m.
Inter Milan’s Perisic was wanted by Mourinho but it appears he’s going nowhere.
The Croatia ace was one of the priority targets following his impressive World Cup performances in Russia.
But Perisic, 29, has now turned his back on a move from Inter Milan to Old Trafford for the second time in a year.
Perisic has re-affirmed his long-term commitment to the Italian giants with Inter boss Luciano Spalletti saying: “Ivan is going nowhere. He is very happy here.”
Barcelona have since cooled their interest in Willian meaning United have the chance to swoop.
But while United may want him, Chelsea don’t want to sell. Maurizio Sarri last week repeated his wish for face-to-face talks with the Brazilian.
”I like to talk to a person face to face,” he said. “I do not like to talk to a person by telephone.
“It depends on the club. It is clear that for me, it is a pleasure to have Courtois, to have Willian, to have Hazard.”
What next for Manchester United?
Mourinho gave United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward his list of “five names a few months ago” and is now playing the waiting game as the deadline creeps closer.
“More or less I know (my best team),” the United boss told beIN SPORTS.
“It’s not going to be very different. We have basically the same players.
“The players that we have bought one is a goalkeeper cover, another one is a 19-year-old kid.
“So, in fact, we have one new player which is Fred so of course our team is not going to be very different.”
Mourinho is still without a number of players, who reached the latter stages in Russia, and made clear his preference that they cut their breaks early to aid preparations for the season opener against Leicester on August 10.
The rescheduling of that match to a Friday compounded the United manager’s frustrations over the early start date of a season that for the first time will see the summer transfer window end before campaign begins.
“I agree that when the Premier League starts, the transfer window close,” Mourinho said. “I agree with that.
“I am not a big fan of some player to start the Premier League with one club and a couple of weeks later the transfer window is still open and he moves to another club and he plays against his former club. I really don’t like that.
“I agree totally with the window closing at the same time the Premier League starts.
“What I don’t agree is that the Premier League starts now.
“You look to other countries and the countries with lots of players in the World Cup, they start later.
“You look to Spain, to Italy, they start later, and the Premier League could, should do that.”