Man Utd have reportedly suffered a setback in their pursuit of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, while Marcos Rojo is being targeted by Everton.
It’s arguably been an underwhelming summer thus far for the Red Devils, as they’ve merely added Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot and Fred to their squad.
Given that they finished 19 points adrift of rivals and champions Man City in the Premier League title race last season, coupled with the fact that they ended the campaign empty-handed after falling short in all other competitions, it could be argued a lot more is needed at Old Trafford.
However, Mourinho hasn’t seen that happen and now according to The Mirror, he could face real frustration in the pursuit of Maguire as not only is it suggested that he’ll cost £80m, but the Foxes are reportedly preparing a new contract which will give him a £45,000-a-week pay rise.
Should he sign the contract, that would be an indication of his commitment to Leicester, who have played a key role in his ascent over the past 12 months after starring at the World Cup earlier this summer.
Further, with that reported £80m price-tag, that should be enough to force Man Utd to look elsewhere as that is a significant figure for a centre-half regardless of whether or not Maguire’s defensive solidity, technical quality on the ball and aerial prowess make him worthy of such a hefty fee.
Perhaps in more positive news though, The Sun claim that Everton are poised to launch a £30m move for United defensive ace Marcos Rojo.
The 28-year-old has seen his spell at Old Trafford blighted by injury problems. However, when fit, he has impressed for Mourinho and also showcased his quality at the World Cup with Argentina.
In turn, it’s understandable as to why Everton might be interested, but £30m is arguably a lot of money for Rojo, and it would be no surprise if Man Utd did accept such an offer if it arrived with Mourinho still having Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to call upon in central defence.