Jose Mourinho’s move to Manchester United is all but confirmed according to many papers, with some tabloids reporting that the former Chelsea boss is already lining up transfer targets.
The Manchester Evening News claims a gentleman’s agreement has been reached between Mourinho and Ed Woodward, while many in Italy are speculating that the 53-year-old boss will raid Inter Milan for players.
In the past, the Special One has looked to old employers for recruitment, such as bringing Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira with him when he moved from Porto to Chelsea.
Doing so again would be a wise move and here are five players the 53-year-old should look to sign from former clubs:
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Icardi is at the top of Mourinho’s wish list and it is easy to see why the out-of-work manager would be so keen on working with the Inter forward.
The 23-year-old has scored 42 times in 81 Serie A appearances during his Nerazzuri career and has the type of fire power United, the team with the worst goals scored column in the Premier League top eight, currently lack.
Another name rumoured to be brought in from Inter is the former Atletico Madrid centre-back who only joined the San Siro outfit at the start of the season.
The 31-year-old would bring some much needed experience to the Red Devils backline, with Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian the joint-oldest defenders at the club at just 26.
Real Madrid boast a number of talented players in their ranks, but the downside of that is some young players don’t get the chance to shine.
Jese is one such youngster, with the 22-year-old forward only starting five La Liga matches this season, and a move away from the Bernabeu would help with his development.
Juventus and Alvaro Morata have shown how fringe squad members can flourish when they leave Real and Man Utd would be wise to follow suit, especially if they bring in a manager familiar with the player.
The youngest man to ever captain FC Porto has a lot of admirers across Europe, but working with arguably the most successful manager to come from his homeland would surely be a big draw.
Neves is a firmly established starter for his club and the Red Devils would be bringing in a guaranteed star of the future.
This suggestion may raise a few eyebrows, but it would allow Mourinho to bring in an experienced general who knows the kind of impact the Portuguese manager could have.
Terry will be available on a free in the summer and three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup show that this is a potent pairing.
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