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Koscielny is a reported target of Mourinho's.

Laurent Koscielny wanted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

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Think of any world-class European footballer and Manchester United have probably been linked with them over the past week.

Following the announcement of Louis van Gaal’s sacking and reports suggesting Jose Mourinho will be his replacement, transfer rumours concerning the Red Devils have been unrelenting.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alvaro Morata, Karim Benzema, John Stones, Joao Mario, Nemanja Matic, Raphael Varane - all names linked with summer moves to Old Trafford.

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Safe to say a busy transfer window awaits United.

But that’s not all. According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, Mourinho has earmarked another Premier League star as a top target.

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Make of this what you will, but reports suggest the Portuguese is a big fan of Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny and will pursue his signature this summer.

To reiterate, Jose Mourinho - Arsene Wenger’s sworn enemy - is poised to raid the Frenchman's squad.

The exclusive report also claims that Koscielny is interested in a new adventure heading into next campaign after six seasons with Arsenal, even despite speculation that he will succeed the outgoing Mikel Arteta as club captain.

Like you, we’re sat here thinking this is absolute nonsense, but who’s to say the Frenchman won’t follow in former teammate Robin van Persie’s footsteps? There’s just no telling.

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Koscielny isn’t the only France international on Mourinho’s radar, though, with Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante also being lined up for a summer move.

The combative midfielder thoroughly impressed throughout Leicester’s title-winning campaign and now finds himself the subject of interest from United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.

Where Mourinho’s hiring is concerned, the Portuguese boss is on the verge of taking over at Old Trafford after agreeing to personal terms and a three-year deal on Tuesday.

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Image and naming rights now separate United from making the highly-anticipated announcement, with widespread change set to ensue upon his arrival.

Ibrahimovic will likely be the first to join Mourinho's revolution, with reports suggesting he has been offered a mammoth £250,000-per-week wage packet - including an £8 million signing on bonus - to join this summer.

And he could be just the world-class centre forward needed to fire United to Premier League glory following a season where he scored 38 league goals for PSG.

At 34-years-old, the Sweden international should be on the wane, yet his goalscoring exploits show no signs of slowing and, instead, only appear to be getting better.

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