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Jose Mourinho planning shock move to sign Chelsea misfit in January

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Manchester Untied could do with a few fresh faces this winter to enhance their chances of climbing back up the Premier League table.

The Red Devils are currently sixth on the league table after enduring their worst start to a campaign in 27 years, and sitting 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Some of the Old Trafford faithful may be dreaming of landing another household name to rescue them from what has been a nightmare season to date, but such business is rare in January.

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But Mourinho will no doubt be willing to do whatever it takes to give his squad the boost it needs to revive their prospects of winning any silverware this term.

Luring a couple of experienced internationals from less prestigious clubs could be just what United need, and while Mourinho already seems to be lining up a few targets, he has picked out one nobody would expect.

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The Sun reports that the Portuguese is seeking to bring his former player John Obi Mikel from Chelsea to Old Trafford in a shock move this January.

Mourinho worked with the defensive midfielder throughout both his spells at Stamford Bridge between 2004 to 2008 and 2013 to 2015.

Mikel – who signed for the west Londoners in 2006 when he had seemingly already joined United – is yet to be offered a contract extension with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

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It would be a somewhat bizarre signing for Mourinho given the sticky situation he currently faces at the Manchester club. But in some ways it makes sense.

At 29-years-old, Mikel still has a few good years left to contribute as one of the most experienced anchoring midfielders in the Premier League.

Mourinho has likely set his sights on signing Mikel to act as an insurance policy and allow the £89 million Paul Pogba more freedom to utilise his attacking qualities.

Considering the Nigeria international is all but an expendable member of the Chelsea squad, United could snap him up for as little as £2 million – or wait a few months and sign him for free.

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