As José Mourinho returns after his summer break to begin life as Manchester United manager, the transfer rumours are in full flow with Derby County midfielder Will Hughes the latest name to be linked to the Red Devils.
The Sun is reporting that the Portuguese is looking to add a number of English-born players to his squad, which he has already boosted with signings from outside the Premier League. The talented 21-year-old is high on his list of potential homegrown players which he could pursue as a result.
According to the report, United have asked Derby to be kept informed of the midfielder’s progress. Hughes, who returned to action late last season after a knee-ligament injury, has two years remaining on his contract and his club could look for a sum in the region of £7 million for their star player.
County boss Nigel Pearson will be eager to hold onto the England Under 21 international though, while the player himself may feel the time is right to move following the club’s failed attempts at promotion in recent seasons.
Mourinho will officially be unveiled as Manchester United’s manager at a news conference on Tuesday morning. Having already signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he is putting his mark on his new squad early, with rumours that French star Paul Pogba could too be on his way back to Old Trafford.
It would be hard for County to convince Hughes to stay on at the iPro Stadium should United come calling where, given the history of youngsters progressing at Old Trafford, Hughes would believe he too can become a first-team regular upon joining the Red Devils.
For now, it’s only pre-season training that’s on the cards for the youngster.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 4, 2016
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena