Having spent almost £150m this summer, Manchester United’s transfer expenditure is second only to their rivals City in the transfer window.
The free transfer signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic aside, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly were recruited at almost £30m each, while the club recently broke the world transfer record to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.
According to ESPN’s Miguel Delaney, that lavish spending has unleashed a bout of frugality among the club hierarchy, who are now insisting that José Mourinho must start selling players if he wants to buy any more before the close of the transfer window.
Mourinho still wants to recruit one more central defender, an experienced head to guide Bailly and, to a lesser extent, Chris Smalling, but has reportedly been warned that no such transfer activity can take place until the books have been balanced to some degree.
The report has named Leonardo Bonucci and Raphael Varane as possible targets, although prying those players away from their current clubs will be a massive challenge.
Paddy McNair and Donald Love joined Sunderland today for a combined £6m, and the report states that Mourinho would be willing to part with as many as ten more players, with some of those coming from the youth team.
Of the ten, Bastian Schweinsteiger is far and away the most likely to be moved on. Mourinho has bade it abundantly clear to the former German international that he has no place in the manager’s future plans at the club. Finding a new team for the 31-year-old, however, particularly given the wages he is on, could be a massive obstacle.
Juan Mata is another that could be shown the door at the club. Various contradictory reports this week have surrounded the 28-year-old’s Manchester United future, but one gets the impression that he would be sacrificed by Mourinho relatively quickly if it needed to be done (or even if it didn’t, according to some sources).
Adnan Januzaj is also expected to leave, again to join David Moyes at Sunderland, although most reports surrounding that deal seem to suggest that it will only be a season-long loan agreement.
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