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Jose Mourinho gets £80m January transfer kitty, Man Utd eye £26m bid for Brazilian starlet

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho will reportedly have money to spend in the January transfer window, and he has set his sights on winger Malcom to kick things off.

The 20-year-old Bordeaux starlet has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 17 league appearances so far this season, while his versatility in being able to play on either flank or through the middle will also make him an attractive proposal.

On one hand, it could be argued that Mourinho doesn’t need another attacker given he has Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at his disposal to play off the main striker, but according to The Times, a £26m could be made for Malcom next month to bolster his options further.

In addition, it’s noted that the Portuguese tactician will have £80m to spend in January to strengthen his squad for the second half of this season and beyond, and so it remains to be seen what he spends it on.

A left-back could arguably be top of the priority list given Ashley Young has had to fill in there and has done a commendable job, although Luke Shaw managed to get an opportunity last time out and will feel confident of trying to nail that spot down moving forward.

Meanwhile, it’s added that central midfield is another area in which Mourinho would like to bring in another player, and it’s easy to see why given Marouane Fellaini’s contract expires at the end of the season while Michael Carrick is edging towards the end of his playing days.

That leaves United short of options, and so whether it’s in January or next summer, Mourinho will likely have to address that area of his squad too and it would appear that the club are willing to back him financially if they’re putting £80m on the table in January.

It’s questionable as to whether it makes too much sense spending now given the title looks a distant hope with Man City storming their way to top spot, but there’s still plenty to play for and Man Utd will hope new signings can inspire them to another successful campaign under Mourinho.

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