Manchester United’s summer spending splurge is over according to manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has overseen the arrival of four players this summer, including the world record £89million signing of Paul Pogba, the £30million move for Eric Bailly as well as the signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference yesterday Mourinho confirmed that there will be no more business at Old Trafford this summer.
In principal, nobody is leaving because I don’t want anybody to leave.
Nobody is coming and 23 players is more than enough, and if we have any kind of problem, or any kind of opportunity, I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in that process.
So. Business finished at Old Trafford then?
Probably, but not necessarily. As Jose says, in principal, nobody is leaving. However, it is thought that there are still members of his squad who he would be willing to let leave the club should a substantial enough offer come along.
These include the likes of Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and possibly Phil Jones too.
Should any of those players leave, Mourinho already has a list of potential signings that include Monaco’s Brazilian full back Fabinho as well as Southampton defender Jose Fonte.
There is also the probability that some of the clubs younger players will be sold or allowed to leave on loan, young striker Will Keane being the most obvious.
And then there is Bastian Schweinsteiger. World Cup and Champions League winner, resigned to training with the reserves after being told there is no place for him in Mourinho’s preferred squad of 23 players. He has recently said he will not be leaving the club for elsewhere in Europe, so the likelihood of him finding an MLS or Chinese team to play for with just five days remaining in the window are looking slim.
So all in all, business is pretty much complete at Old Trafford, but don’t rule out one or two last transfer movements just yet.