Ever since Jose Mourinho was appointed Manchester United boss, fans have been drooling at some of the names the club have been linked with. The rumour list reads like a team that someone would try to create on Football Manager.
Mourinho’s arrival has allowed many media outlets to conjure up some incredible stories. One even claimed that United will look to capitalise on Lionel Messi’s apparent unrest at Barcelona.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Ibrahimovic and Villarreal defender Eric Bailly will sign. And United fans were allowed the chance to vote for the players they want to see join them.
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The Manchester Evening News held a survey in which fans voted for the players they want to arrive at Old Trafford in the summer.
And let’s just say that if the fans get their wish, United will be Premier League champions.
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Fortunately for the rest of England, supporters won’t get their wish. Four players came out on top, and not even United have the financial muscle to sanction every transfer.
Paul Pogba was the player who fans want to see Mourinho make his number one priority. The Juventus midfielder, who Sir Alex Ferguson mistakenly allowed to leave United in 2012, will cost more than €100 million, according to the Mirror.
Louis van Gaal was slated for spending £250 million in his two years as United boss on the likes of Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Memphis Depay. Could Mourinho afford to spend half of that sum on one player when, realistically, United have about four or five positions that need bolstering? Probably not.
Fans want Ibra and Stones
Ibrahimovic beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker fans’ most want to see and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez won the midfielder vote.
In defence, supporters would rather see John Stones next to Chris Smalling than Raphael Varane.
Ibrahimovic will arrive on a free from Paris Saint-Germain but will set United back £220,000-a-week in wages, according to The Guardian.
Niguez and Stones wouldn’t arrive cheaply either, with the Madrid man’s release clause set at £54m, according to the Independent, and Everton holding off for £50m for the England international.
Jose has been busy
Fans can expect to see some new faces arrive, potentially as early as today. Many are expecting Ibrahimovic’s big announcement at 5pm today to be confirmation that he is joining United.
And Mourinho admitted that the reason he was unable to manage England at Sunday’s Soccer Aid charity event was because he has been too busy.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t be more involved tonight and I was sorry not to enjoy training with the England boys this week but I am so happy and involved at beginning my job at Manchester United that all the time I have right now is working time,” the Portuguese said.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that “working time” is probably as an indirect term for orchestrating some new signings.