Jose Mourinho has finally taken over the reigns at Manchester United after Louis van Gaal was sacked on Monday following the FA Cup triumph.
A multi-million deal supported by a big transfer war chest would see a massive squad overhaul this summer at the Red Devils.
The 53-year-old is being brought in to restore the glory days which has not quite been achieved since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.
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However, Mourinho may opt for the tried and tested in the Premier League and could raid former club Chelsea for a number of recruitments.
We look at the possible transfer targets the Portuguese tactician may attempt to lure at the start of next season.
The Brazilian winger has been the saving grace for the Blues many times this term and has always delivered whenever required.
On the back of a dismal campaign, Willian was the sole architect of carrying the team forward, with several of the first-team players resembling a frail and beleaguered figure all throughout the season.
The Sun reports Mourinho is ready to offer £60million, double what Chelsea paid for the South American three years ago.
Scoring 11 goals and ten assists in 2015-16, the Chelsea Player of the Year praised the influence of his former boss during Brazil’s Copa America training but restrained from disclosing if he remains open for a reunion in future.
Incoming boss Antonio Conte would not want to lose such an instrumental player, especially to a league rival, resulting in it being highly unlikely for Willian to move to Old Trafford until there is a change of heart.
The Serbian international may have been a stark contrast of himself this season but that cannot undermine the quality he possesses.
With Roma ace Radja Nainggolan being among the names touted to arrive at Stamford Bridge next season, Matic could find limited opportunities – a scenario familiar to when Guus Hiddink took charge, who preferred John Obi Mikel ahead of him.
Although Chelsea would have parted ways with Matic for nearly £20million, if United come calling, they could increase their valuation to £25million, according to Daily Mail.
Mourinho has deployed the Serbian at the heart of midfield and that provided dividends previously; a player of his quality in that position is a necessity for United.
Another Brazilian midfielder who could follow his former manager to the north-west, Oscar has found a dearth in first-team chances since Hiddink was appointed late last year.
It is believed that the abilities of Oscar to contribute to defence ensued Mourinho to consider the option of letting Juan Mata leave Chelsea.
‘The modern day Kaka’ has mainly played the playmaker role but since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge, he was also used in various wider positions in which he performed admirably, garnering praise from all quarters.
Under Hiddink he mostly played second fiddle to Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro and during the summer, Oscar could eventually consider quitting the Blues for a switch to Manchester United.
Any transfer dealing regarding the 24-year-old hinges on Conte as he arrives after national team commitments with Italy at Euro 2016.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been one of the stand-out performers for the former English champions and enhanced his defensive abilities further under the watchful guidance of Mourinho in the last two-and-a-half seasons.
The Portuguese genius is a keen admirer of the Spaniard, often praising him for his brilliance on the pitch.
The performance of the back four at Chelsea this term has been poor, to say the least, which is indifferent to their standards. But Azpilicueta is hopeful the Blues can overturn their fortunes under new management.
His defensive prowess and adaptability to different situations makes him a remarkable signing for any club.
WhoScored.com claims the full-back averaged 3.2 tackles, 2.6 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per-game for Chelsea in all competitions in 2015-16 and he would play an integral part for Conte’s Chelsea in the years to come.
Mourinho likes a player of Azpilicueta’s calibre and the versatility he has due to him being astute at operating on either flanks of the defence, bringing depth and dynamics to the squad.
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