Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he is still looking for one more signing in his press conference for the opening game of the season, West Ham United on Sunday.
Having already secured the signatures of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Benfica centre back Victor Lindelof, Mourinho is targeting a fourth signing to complete his summer spending ahead of this season’s anticipated title charge. However, the United manager is also pleased with the work of the club to bring in three of his four priority signings:
“You know, in my initial analysis coming from January and progressively through the other months I was thinking about four players but I am not a difficult person to work with – in spite of it looking different sometimes – and I understand the reality of the market, I understand the reality of the numbers.
“I also understand that my club by doing 75% of what I initially asked, I think the club did very well so I don’t think I am in a position of crying, moaning, protesting, I am not in a position to say I am not happy with.”
Mourinho is clearly happy with the latest additions, each strengthening the side in key areas of the pitch. Lukaku adds goals lost by the release of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however the Swede is likely to return to United on a short term contract when fit from his cruciate knee ligament injury. Mourinho confirmed in the press conference that United are in talks to bring the striker back to Old Trafford. Matic fills the hole in the defensive midfield position that United have been lacking in recent years. Lindelof, a less well known signing is set to bring aggression but also the ability to bring the ball out from United’s defence.
However one more signing is still on the agenda for Mourinho who also hinted the position of his final target. He wants a player who is “playing from the sides” suggesting an attacking fullback or winger is the area identified. These comments will fuel rumours about Danny Rose, the Spurs attacking fullback who recently spoke out on his frustration at Tottenham’s lack of ambition in the summer window and his desire to move “back up north”. Ivan Perisic is another name who fits the bill. The Croatian Inter Milan forward is traditionally a winger and has been targeted by United all summer, however a fee is yet to be agreed with Inter holding firm.