Manchester United fans have become somewhat impatient this summer due to the side’s supposed inactivity in the transfer window thus far.
Jose Mourinho has, since the end of the season, welcomed two new additions to his squad in the shapes of Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof. The pair cost the Reds a combined fee of a little over £100 million.
United have of course been linked incessantly with a number of targets, namely Inter’s Ivan Perisic, Monaco’s Fabinho and Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic. However, there seems to be little progress on any of these deals and the Europa League champions may have to start the season minus some of the new recruits the club had wanted.
Mourinho has often said in recent months that he was hoping to bring in four new players but admitted at a press conference last night that he now would be happy with three.
“Our squad is not so big. Everybody knows, because I said it was the objective, I would like four players and I have asked for four players, and I am ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult.
The third addition the Portuguese is referring to is presumably 28-year-old Perisic while the fourth he has given up on is a defensive midfielder such as Matic or Radja Naingolan.
The Special One then took a subtle dig at his team’s next opponent and local rivals, Manchester City. The Citizens have been relentless in their recruiting this month and news broke yesterday they were on the verge of signing Real Madrid’s Danilo for £26 million just to provide cover for £50 million Kyle Walker.
“Some clubs think about the market differently to others. We are not a club that is ready to buy and buy non-stop. We are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay.
“So I am ready to go from four to three. With three I just give a better balance to the team and the squad, and it gives us better conditions to compete.”
United take on City in the early hours of tomorrow morning in the third game of their pre-season tour of America.
Quotes via the official club website.