Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could raid two of his old clubs if he lands the Real Madrid manager’s job.
According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Mourinho has already submitted a list of transfer targets to Los Blancos president Florentino Perez as he prepares to take charge at the Bernabeu.
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Among those, the report says, are Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso, plus a surprise raid for United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Given that another Don Balon report has stated Pogba no longer wants a move away from Old Trafford after Mourinho’s departure, this doesn’t quite add up.
That said, players and managers are professional and many have long worked together despite their differences, with Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic both reuniting with Mourinho at United despite difficulties under him at Chelsea.
Hazard and Alonso could also be fine signings for Madrid, though CFC will surely do all they can to prevent two such important players leaving.
Hazard’s current contract situation makes that hard for them, however, with the Belgium international due to be a free agent at the end of next season.
Real Madrid certainly need an overhaul after a difficult season this year since selling Cristiano Ronaldo and struggling under two managers who’ve come in since Zinedine Zidane’s exit.
It remains to be seen if Mourinho still has what it takes to help a club of this size bounce back, but if he can land these exciting transfers it would do his chances no harm.
Don Balon also list big names like Christian Eriksen and Mauro Icardi as targets for the Portuguese tactician.