The Two Players Jose Mourinho Really Wanted To Sign In The Summer Revealed
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The Two Players Jose Mourinho Really Wanted To Sign In The Summer Revealed

Manchester United fans raised plenty of questions over Jose Mourinho’s transfer activity in the summer window, with a distinct lack of marquee signings being the main cause of concern.

The club brought in some useful players in Fred, Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant, but for many, these transfers failed to satisfy the appetite.

It was reported that Mourinho was chasing the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire as he looked to strengthen his defensive options, but former England manager Fabio Capello have thrown two completely different names into the hat.

According to the man himself via Italian outlet Calciomercato, Mourinho wanted to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.

“This summer at a meeting of the coaches, I met Mourinho. He was looking for two defenders: one was [Milan] Skriniar and the other was [Kalidou] Koulibaly.”

It was a turbulent transfer window at Manchester United. They were linked with a host of names but ultimately failed to capture a ‘big’ signing in the summer.

The Independent reported that as both Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho planned for the transfer window, Woodward proposed a big name signing, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Gareth Bale all mentioned.

Jose Mourinho, however, turned that idea down, because ‘he had such a clear vision for how his team should be.’

Mourinho has been clearly frustrated at the club’s lack of transfer activity, especially in the defensive department.

To be honest, It’s all very confusing as the club lack a real leader in their current squad.

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He’s interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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