It’s been a mixed transfer window so far for Manchester United.
The Red Devils have made two fantastic signings in Vincent Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku already yet Jose Mourinho has remained frustrated.
The Special One left United’s summer business to Ed Woodward so he could holiday in peace after a hectic debut season at Old Trafford. It was a move with a view to the club securing the bulk of their business early on.
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Mourinho still wants four more signings this summer and has even been forced to lower his expectations to three.
Speaking about the issue, according to ESPN, the 54-year-old stated: “We always feel there is room to improve, and I cannot say that I am happy with our transfer window.
“What I can also say is that it is a difficult transfer window and I don’t blame anyone — it is just a reality of things.”
However, it seems, Woodward cannot be faulted for effort and it seems the vice-chairman is going all-out to satisfy his irritated manager. The Englishman has even gone as far as cancelling his flight to the United States.
While the club didn’t expect Woodward to be in attendance, he has delayed a flight that would likely have seen him appear at the NRG Stadium for the first Manchester derby to be held outside the UK.
Excitingly, though, the move is due to three transfer negotiations that could see Mourinho get his wish at last.
According to the Mirror, these concern the chases for Nemanja Matic, Eric Dier and Ivan Perisic. And such is the difficulty of all three negotiations, that halted transatlantic flights were very much necessary.
A deal for Matic may have been eased by the recent arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko at Stamford Bridge but agreeing a transfer between two rivals will prove difficult. Woodward will have to be at his very best to cut a deal.
As for Dier, the move could prove bizarrely possible if you subscribe to the insight of Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst. The Spurs midfielder is said to be ‘desperate’ to move to Old Trafford but Tottenham are reluctant to sell.
After all, they have already conceded a stand out player – Kyle Walker – to Manchester this summer.
The move for Perisic seems the most realistic of the three, though, and it all depends on whether Woodward is willing to up his offering. Inter Milan are said to be holding out for a fee in the region of £50 million.
For Woodward’s sake, let’s hope changing his travel plans reaps success and, dare we say, props from Mourinho.
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