Now that Jose Mourinho has finally been appointed as Manchester United manager, he can begin working on transfer targets.
The Portuguese will no doubt attempt to bring in plenty of quality talent as he attempts to take United back to the top of English and European football.
That is no mean feat, though. Louis van Gaal could only manage a fifth-place finish at Old Trafford last season, 15 points behind champions Leicester while they also crashed out of the group stages of the Champions League.
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Therefore, it’s clear that Mourinho will need to invest heavily.
While it’s highly expected Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the first through the door at the Theatre of Dreams, the Swede wouldn’t command a transfer fee due to his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiring this summer.
United are keen
The first player that makes Mourinho part with some cash could be Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak. The Sun are reporting that ‘The Special One’ is keen to bring the defensive midfielder to the club - a position where they need reinforcements.
Michael Carrick is now 34-years-old and is yet to officially sign a new contract with his deal expiring in July, Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered with injuries throughout the campaign while Morgan Schneiderlin had a fairly uninspiring debut season.
It means that the signing of Krychowiak is something that United desperately need.
The report states that the club would need to fork out around £30 million in order to sign him - a fee that would represent another huge profit generated by Sevilla.
The Spanish club have a reputation of signing players on the cheap and then selling them on for a lot more and Krychowiak would be yet another example of this after he was purchased from Reims for just £3.5 million.
Competition from Barcelona
However, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, United aren’t the only club interested in signing the 26-year-old. That’s because the Pole has attracted interest from Barcelona with the chiefs of the Catalan club phoning Krychowiak’s representatives to enquire about his future.
Therefore, it seems as though it’s a straight battle between Mourinho and Luis Enrique as they fight to secure the services of the Europa League winner.
Of course, the lack of Champions League football may be costly for United as they chase their transfer targets.
But the Daily Mail are reporting that Mourinho will be given final say on all transfers at the club meaning all the players signed are on the approval of the boss. It’s certainly something that has caused problems at other Premier League clubs in modern football with the likes of sporting directors and chairmen signing players without the consultation of the manager.