Jose Mourinho wants four new players at Manchester United this summer

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Jose Mourinho may not be the Manchester United manager yet but he knows the team well enough to know exactly where they need to strengthen ahead of next season.

The Special One is believed to have been in contact with club executive Ed Woodward for many months with the offer to replace Louis van Gaal on the table. That has given him time to assess the players that have just won the FA Cup.

According to The Mirror, Mourinho has already told Woodward the four positions he wants to strengthen in this summer's transfer window. He believes United need a new centre-back, a right-midfielder, a centre-midfielder and a striker if they are to challenge for the Premier League title. 

With £200million to spend, that will give the Red Devils an average of £50m to spend on each player. And considering Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to come on a free transfer, it is safe to say Mourinho has almost every player in the world within reach.

But Mourinho wants more than just world-class players coming in. He is believed to have told Woodward that he wants a very particular kind of player to introduce to the middle of the park; someone cut from the same cloth as great leaders like Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane.

So who could he sign?

Mourinho has been linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who he originally brought to Stamford Bridge in the winter window of 2014. The Serbian is clearly unsettled in west London and seems keen on a reunion with his former manager.

Whether Matic qualifies as the "captain" that Mourinho desires is another question altogether, but there is no reason why the Portuguese cannot sign more than one midfielder in this window.

We have already mentioned Ibrahimovic, who is reportedly ready to introduce himself to the Premier League at the tender age of 34. The Swede has played in Holland, Italy, Spain and France in an illustrious career but has never tested himself on English soil.

Centre-back targets include Everton's John Stones and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane with the former likely to cost £45m and the latter £35m. That is despite the fact that Varane is probably the more experienced of the two. However, Stones' homegrown status means he will always come at a premium.

What's the Mata?

That leaves the right midfield, a position occupied by Juan Mata this season. The pair famously fell out when both at Chelsea with the Spaniard eventually being sold to United for £37m in 2014. He is still not the kind of player Mourinho likes and he is favourite to be the first casualty when he finally takes to Old Trafford hot seat.

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