Jose Mourinho looks ready to poach a Chelsea favourite as he plans his seemingly inevitable future at Manchester United.
It finally seems that the Manchester United manager saga is drawing to a close with recent reports in El País (via The Guardian) suggesting that Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement.
It now appears, as reported in Don Balon, that the ex-Chelsea manager has his sights set on bringing Chelsea striker Diego Costa with him to Manchester this summer. If there is truth to this then there is going to be mass hysteria in London as Costa is regarded as a fan-favourite among the Chelsea faithful, and has been key to both the club’s Premier League title success last season as well as their recovery this term.
The 27-year-old is known for his goalscoring as much as his aggression on the field and has, on more than one occasion, been on the receiving end of criticism for play that’s been viewed as overly rough.
It is, however, this aggression and fighting attitude that Mourinho wants at Old Trafford. United have been lacking that physical edge that is required in order to succeed in the Premier league and Mourinho likely sees Costa as the solution to this problem.
The arrival of Costa to north west England would probably be welcomed by Red Devils fans, as while they regard Costa and Chelsea as the enemy, they certainly recognise the skills of the Spanish striker and would quickly change their attitude once he was wearing red.
With momentum growing around the appointment of Mourinho as the next Manchester United boss, reports of who he wants with him should also be seen to have some degree of credibility.
One thing is for sure, while no official announcement has yet been made, things are already more interesting at United than they have been all season.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena