Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that his side’s transfer business has now concluded for this summer.
The reigning Europa League champiions have already signed Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku this summer but were in the market for a wide left player to fully complete that bit more of the jigsaw. That player was Inter’s Ivan Perisic and while a deal was reportedly close to being agreed at one stage, the two clubs’ valuations of the Croatian international were too far apart, in the end, to make the transfer happen.
There were also murmurings of a late move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (because when aren’t there?) but speaking to the media ahead of this weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace, Mourinho has suggested that he will soldier on what what he has until January at least:
“I don’t think we are, unless something happens to put us in the market again.
“I told Mr. Woodward that obviously my plans were four but I also told people ‘no pressure from me, do what you think is best for the club’,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“We’ll be together again for another transfer window in January and next summer so there is no pressure from me at all. I’m happy with the squad we have and I’m ready to go without the fourth player, so if we are out of the market, I’m fine, I’m ready.”
With Anthony Martial among the goalscorers and Marcus Rashford knocking on the door to be a more regular starter this season, there are questions as to whether or not Mourinho even needs to invest in another left-sided player.
With the deadline fast approaching, Man United appear to be closed for business (in terms of incomings at least) for the next few months.