Mourinho Fears For New Season
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is still hopeful of a new arrival at the club, but he has warned of a difficult season ahead. His remarks come as United prepare a bid for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, but another United target, Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, looks set to move to Everton.
Speaking after a 1-0 friendly defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday night – a match in which Bayern had 72 percent possession – Mourinho told MUTV that the club haven’t strengthened his side in the way he wanted.
“My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time, he knows what I want. I know that he tries to do the best for me and I still have a few days to wait what is going to happen… If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”
Mourinho was asked why he isn’t satisfied with the United squad: “Because the other clubs that compete with us are really strong and have already fantastic squads… Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, that is buying everything and everybody.”
United’s main signing this year has been that of Brazilian midfielder Fred who arrived in a £47million move from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in June. Other signings have been young full-back Diogo Dalot who was signed from FC Porto and veteran keeper Lee Grant.
United are expected to make a bid in the region of £80million for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. The England international has spent part of the summer near the top of Mourinho’s wish-list. Leicester have no desire to sell having raked in £60million from the sale to Manchester City of Riyad Mahrez and United’s bid would have to be a world-record for a defender.
Meanwhile, another United target, Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, is on the verge of a move to Everton. The Colombia international was in talks with Manchester United. But the Red Devils scuppered the deal after his agent wanted too much money.
Everton will pay €32million (£28million) for a player who only moved to Barcelona from Brazilian side Palmeiras for €11.8million (£10million) in January.
Mina made only five appearances in La Liga following his move to Barca and was not central to coach Ernesto Valverde’s plans for the coming season.