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Mourinho set to make signings in FOUR key positions – just like last summer

Date Posted,May 25, 2017

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to make four key signings in the summer transfer window.

According to the Manchester Evening News, United could be set for a similar recruitment strategy that they employed last summer with a centre-back, central midfielder, a winger capable of playing on both flanks and a forward their main priorities.

With Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic being ruled out with long-term injuries, the club are looking to strengthen their defence and forward line and expect it to be a ‘crazy’ summer.

Mourinho is also expected to address the midfield after letting Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger leave earlier in the season.

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United earmarked Antoine Griezmann as the forward to sharpen their attack nearly a year ago and the 26-year-old admitted earlier this week there was a 60 per cent chance he could join United.

Griezmann has an £85m release clause in his Atletico contract and United are believed to have no issue with triggering it. France international Griezmann indicated he would resolve his future within the next fortnight while United could complement the forward with a striker.

United are keen on Andrea Belotti and have touched base with Real Madrid reserve Alvaro Morata’s representatives.

Mourinho complied two transfer lists in the event United failed to qualify for the Champions League and their Europa League triumph should assuage other targets.

Tiemoue Bakayoko fights for the ball
Tiemoue Bakayoko is another target for Jose Mourinho (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, is understood to be interested in joining United and is insistent on moving to a club that offers Champions League football.

United’s admiration for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic dates back to David Moyes’ time as manager and Mourinho is believed to be open to signing the Serbian for a second time after bringing him back to Stamford Bridge for £21m in 2014.

United have enquired about Paris Saint-Germain centre half Marquinhos but the Brazilian has indicated he will sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes.

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez and Benfica’s Victor Lindelof were open to joining United in the January transfer window.

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Gimenez, 22, has a £56m buyout clause but his Atletico deal expires next year while Lindelof’s seemingly inevitable winter move to United was partly called off over a transfer dispute between his former club Vasteras and Benfica over his sell-on clause.

United are considering re-signing Burnley defender Michael Keane, who has no intention of extending his contract at Turf Moor. The 24-year-old’s deal expires next year and Burnley are expected to sell this summer in order to obtain a significant profit on the £2m they paid United in 2015. Mourinho is understood to be intent on signing a full-back, too, but has prioritised central defence.

Mourinho could test Chelsea’s resolve over 28-year-old winger Willian after he was marginalised by Antonio Conte. The Brazil international was restricted to 14 Premier League starts during their title-winning campaign after he was named the club’s player of the year for 2015-16.

David de Gea will hold talks with United over his future (Photo: John Peters)

United are also expected to hold additional talks with David de Gea to gauge how determined he is to leave the club amid renewed interest from Real Madrid. United have already spoken with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak’srepresentatives in the event the Spaniard returns to Madrid. United have scouted Benfica’s Brazilian stopper Ederson, who is also being monitored by Manchester City.

Last summer, defender Eric Bailly, right winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world record midfielder Paul Pogba arrived for £145.3million in transfer fees alone.

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