Four ‘Wanted To Leave’
Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho after four players threatened to hand in transfer requests during the January transfer window.
The Portugese boss was shown the door on Tuesday following the club’s worst start to the season in 28 years. It came after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield which has left the Red Devils 11 points behind a place in the Premier League’s top four.
The Daily Mirror claims that a number of United players had had enough and were ready to demand an exit in the winter window. Needless to say, the paper doesn’t name any names. But it adds that a large number of the first-team squad had lost faith in Mourinho and were angered by his treatment of Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly.
There was also a feeling of discomfort over £52million summer signing Fred being effectively frozen out. The Brazilian has started just six Premier League games and started two more.
Napoli Chief Rules Out Winter Exit For Koulibaly
Manchester United’s hopes of signing central defender Kalidou Koulibaly next month have been dashed by Napoli president Aurelio di Laurentiis. However, he admits his club may not be in a position to reject bids in the summer.
United have been linked with a January bid for a player valued by Napoli at €100million (£90million).
But speaking to Italian regional newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Laurentiis poured cold water over the prospect of a January exit for the Senegal international.
“We won’t sell Koulibaly in January,” he said.
“But the time will come where we can’t refuse other indecent offers.
“We always invest, but with criteria.
“In Italy there are two or three clubs with balanced books, and I’m the only one who doesn’t have any bank debt.”
Chelsea are also believed to be keen on a move for Koulibaly. The Blues failed in a bid in the summer of 2016.