No January Transfer Plans Yet Claims Manchester United Boss
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that he doesn’t yet know whether or not the club will sign new players in the January transfer window.
Mourinho had a disappointing summer transfer window and saw a number of potential targets rejected by the club’s hierarchy. That was largely through a mixture of the fees being demanded and the ages of the players involved.
The Portugese coach wants a new central defender with United having the worst defensive record of any other side in the top half of the Premier League table. But speaking at a press conference ahead of today’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield, Mourinho insisted he is in the dark over the club’s plans for the January transfer window.
“I don’t know if we are going to have new players – I would like to – but I don’t know if it is possible or not. It depends on the club,” he said. “Honestly, I’m focused on my job of playing Liverpool and next week playing Cardiff, and I’m more focused on that.”
Pogba To Go?
Meanwhile, Manchester United want to sell Paul Pogba in January if one report is to be believed.
The Sunday Mirror claims United want to cash in on the France international who is having a disappointing campaign.
The report suggests that Mourinho has run out of patience with Pogba and that United will cash in on him even if the Portugese boss is sacked. It all sounds unlikely without any replacement lined up.
The Mirror adds that United would be open to a swap deal involving Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 29, or full-back Alex Sandro, who turns 28 next month.
Smalling Signs New Deal
One player who won’t be leaving is Chris Smalling. The England international defender has signed a new deal with the club that runs to 2022. Smalling announced the news in a tweet on Sunday.
“I am delighted to continue my journey with ManUtd. It’s an honour to play for this club & I wanted to take the opp to thank all staff associated with it over the last 9 seasons, my team mates past & present, & the fans who continue to show support for the squad game in game out.”
He added: “Whilst this is a very proud day for me and my family, focus is very much on tomorrow and on the busy schedule of games over the festive period. Roll on Super Sunday.”
The news means Smalling will have completed 12 years at the club if he stays to the end of his deal.