You’d think that Jose Mourinho would be satisfied with his squad after spending almost £150 million during the summer transfer window.
Mourinho signed Eric Bailly for £30 million, Henrik Mkhitaryan for £26 million and captured Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer. The Special One also smashed the world record transfer fee by paying £89 million on Paul Pogba.
But, just one day after the summer window closed, the Portuguese boss is already eyeing transfer targets for the January window.
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Mourinho may have to wait four months until he can sign another player but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t identified two potential signings for the winter transfer window.
According to Manchester Evening News, the club are keeping tabs on Monaco full-back Fabinho ahead of January.
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United were linked with the Brazilian over the summer and he tops their list of potential targets after their enquiries were rejected by the French club over the previous few months.
Mourinho knows Fabinho from their time together at Real Madrid and the 22-year-old would be a much-needed signing with Antonio Valencia currently being the first-choice right-back.
The youngster only made one senior appearance at Madrid and soon joined Monaco on two season-long loan spells, before signing permanently last summer.
But the report claims that Fabinho isn’t the only player Mourinho will be keeping his eye on over the next couple of months.
They claim that he will also be monitoring how Raphael Varane is doing at Madrid. The Frenchman was also linked with a move to Old Trafford but ended up staying at the European Champions.
Varane was mainly used as a substitute by Zinedine Zidane last season but has started all three of Madrid’s matches this season.
Although Mourinho signed Bailly this summer, he seems keen to add another centre-back to provide competition for the Ivorian and Chris Smalling. The likes of Daley Blind and Marcus Rojo are capable of covering in that position but it appears Mourinho wants three top-class central defenders.
Whether the club is willing to give Mourinho funds in January remains to be seen after he splashed the cash this summer. A lot will depend on how his side are faring in the league at the time.
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