According to report from Independent, Jose Mourinho turned down the opportunity to sign Neymar, Mbappe and Bale.
Fresh news is emerging from Manchester United’s dugout in the United States where they are currently based as part of pre-season.
The Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is said to have rejected opportunities to sign any big names in the summer transfer window. Those include the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Gareth Bale.
The news came from Miguel Delaney from The Independent but developed over Bleacher Report’s humongous network. Compared to their rivals, the twenty time league champions have been relatively quiet in the transfer market compared to their Premier League rivals.
They only signed three players throughout the window so far. Those are Lee Grant from Stoke, Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto. Fred was the biggest signing by the Red Devils in this transfer window. However, he is not the kind of player to create hype, and hence, has not been significant enough.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been extremely busy. The Gunners signed five big names in the transfer window, while United’s biggest rival grabbed Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri in a memorable transfer window. Chelsea managed to sign Jorginho and Man City signed Riyad Mahrez.
The reason for Manchester United not signing a major name comes down to Jose Mourinho’s plans for the future. The former Chelsea boss wants to build a team with strong wingers and centre backs. That explains a lot about why Alexis Sanchez was signed in January and Toby Alderweireld has been linked with the club since a long time.
The Spurs defender is not the only one on the radar as far as centre backs are concerned for United. The Red Devils also have kept an acute eye on Harry Maguire’s performances. They are ready to break the bank for the English defender after his exploits at Russia 2018.
Overall, Manchester United get into the season with high expectations, especially from players like Pogba and Sanchez. The former had a brilliant World Cup while the latter comes fresh having enjoyed a long vacation. Their Premier League season begins at the Old Trafford when the host Leicester City on the 10th of August.