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Mourinho admits Ibrahimovic and Rojo injuries have changed his transfer plans

Date Posted,April 26, 2017

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has had to change his summer transfer plans following Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo’s knee injuries.

The club compared that the pair both suffered ‘significant’ ligament damage in the Europa Cup quarter-final second leg win over Anderlecht and could be out for the rest of the year, report the Manchester Evening News .

The injury to Ibrahimovic means that the Swede is now unlikely to stay on for a second season at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils had already been looking into alternatives in case he had decided not to sign on for next season.

Torino striker Andrea Belotti and Everton figurehead Romelu Lukaku, both 23, have been monitored while United wanted to sign Antoine Griezmann irrespective of whether Ibrahimovic stayed or left.

Rojo went down in the first half against Anderlecht… (Photo: Getty)
…Before Ibrahimovic suffered a late injury (Photo: REUTERS)

When asked whether United’s plans had altered, Mourinho replied: “Yes. Yes. Because if I don’t have the players for a long period of time, obviously it affects.”

Eric Bailly was the only defender to arrive at United last summer but Rojo’s injury could force Mourinho to make two defensive additions.

United have shown interest in Benfica centre half Victor Lindelof, Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, Mourinho also retains an interest in his former player Raphael Varane – still at Real – and Atheltic Bilbao’s highly-coveted Aymeric Laporte, who is represented by Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes.

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