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Jose Mourinho has identified his priorities for next summer.

Jose Mourinho wants one of two players to be his next number seven

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It's probably no coincidence that the team who got their business done early this summer are now sitting top of the Premier League table.

While Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool were still scrambling around for new players on Deadline Day, Manchester United had put the finishing touches to their squad weeks ago.

Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku, and Nemanja Matic have all arrived at Old Trafford, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned on a one-year deal.

Jose Mourinho's only complaint will be that he was unable to secure another attacking midfielder after giving up on Croatian international Ivan Perisic, who was priced out of a move from Inter Milan.

The number seven shirt is still vacant, leaving Mourinho on the hunt for a worthy successor.

The shirt number has special significance at the Theatre of Dreams having been worn by legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Eric Cantona, Memphis Depay - OK, maybe not the last one.

It's looking likely that the jersey's next incumbent will be another world-class talent, though, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that Mourinho has already started thinking about his next target.

The newspaper suggest the Red Devils will go all out to sign either Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann next summer.

Mourinho remains keen 

The Atletico Madrid star was widely thought to have been the club's number one priority this time around, but the Frenchman opted to stay with the Rojiblancos because their transfer embargo would have prevented them replacing him.

As for Bale, he has opted to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid.

The Welshman's injury record forced Zinedine Zidane to operate with Isco in his position on a number of occasions last season, and he'll now have man of the moment Marco Asensio to compete with too.

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The feeling seems to be that if any one of 'BBC' is dispensable, then it's the former Tottenham man who'll be making way.

Should his opportunities be limited at the Bernabeu, United hope he'll seriously consider returning to English football, though they won't want both Bale and Griezmann and the latter is significantly younger.

Mourinho has now had two summers in the north-west and in each of the windows, he's broken the bank to sign one top player, be it Paul Pogba or Lukaku. The big question is which La Liga star he'll be pursuing next.

Who should United target - Bale or Griezmann? Have your say in the comments. 

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