Jose Mourinho is set to be a very busy man in the transfer window this summer and his side could look like this at the start of the next campaign
JOSE MOURINHO is a man not used to failure.
But his Manchester United side face a fight to finish in the Premier League’s top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It will, whatever the outcome, be a big summer at Old Trafford. Much like it was last year when Paul Pogba signed in a world-record £89million deal while Zlatan Ibrahimovic inked a one-year agreement.
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The Red Devils will go big again as they make the final push to get back to where the club belongs, competing for the Premier League title.
With that in mind we’ve asked our friends at Football Whispers to assess how the Red Devils could line up next season.
The former Man City man could break the divide and play for United.
He has been on loan at Torino this season and SunSport told you Mourinho is willing to pay £30m for his services.
David De Gea is said to have agreed a deal with Real Madrid and the Portuguese boss will be planning for his exit.
Valencia has had a good campaign for United and nailed down the right-back position.
Mourinho clearly trusts the speedster – he said there isn’t a better player on earth in that slot.
And showed his faith by rewarding Valencia with a new deal in January.
Mourinho has reportedly been in “constant” touch with the Real Madrid star – but will have to dig deep to afford him.
A solid centre-back who has guided Real to the top of La Liga alongside Barcelona, Varane fits Mourinho’s mould.
And the pair have previous.
The Special One was Real boss when he signed Varane back in 2011.
He has been publicly blasted by his boss, but expect Smalling to feature heavily for United next season.
Injury has curtailed this campaign but he was back in training yesterday and could feature in the side’s Europa League semi-final first-leg clash against Celta Vigo tonight.
United have sent scouts to watch the Monaco star and Mourinho is desperate to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.
Luke Shaw has struggled to establish himself as first-choice, with Daley Blind often being preferred.
Mendy can play wing-back and give Mourinho the option of switching systems to use three centre-halves.
Surely he wouldn’t leave Chelsea, champions-elect, for a side who may not be in the Champions League next season?
Well, stranger things have happened.
Mourinho is willing to go all out for the 28-year-old Brazilian, who has bagged 11 goals in all competitions this term and is capable of turning a game on its head in an instant.
It has taken a while for the world’s most expensive player to settle at Old Trafford.
But, injuries aside, it has been a season of continual growth and development – even if the goals are not yet flying in.
He is bound to be central to all of Mourinho’s plans next season and can continue to be the channel through which all of the side’s attacking options are generated.
Mata and Mourinho famously had a falling out at Chelsea.
And you can imagine the Spaniard’s trepidation when the Portuguese was announced as the club’s new boss.
But ten goals this term and he is back in the boss’s good books and set to play a major part of United’s title charge next season.
United’s attacking line-up will be complete once the Atletico Madrid star arrives.
At a staggering £89m, Griezmann could feel under pressure to justify his epic price tag.
But Mourinho has been chasing him for so long – and Griezmann has agreed a £280,000-a-week deal – that the Frenchman will know he will be given everything he needs to be a success.
Everyone seems to be raiding Monaco these days and United will face competition from Chelsea for this young attacker.
He put the Prem giants on red alert by saying he would love to play in England one day.
And that could come to fruition this summer if Mourinho has his way, with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admitting his star man has attracted a load of interest.
The Real Madrid frontman has trigged a transfer tug of war across Europe.
But can the legend of Mourinho lure him to Old Trafford ahead of all the others?
AC Milan and Chelsea have made their interest known in the 24-year-old, who returned to the Bernabeu from Juventus last year.
And Spanish newspaper AS claim he has also been the subject of bids from Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund too.