Jose Mourinho pinpoints Roma's Milarem Pjanic as number one transfer target

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Rumours linking Manchester United with a host of world-class European players have been non-stop since Jose Mourinho was confirmed as manager last week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly close to signing; Kostas Manolas is being lined up for a £30 million move; whilst the likes of Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane have also been linked with summer moves.

However, amongst all of United's transfer targets, there seems to be a dearth of central midfielders.


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With Juan Mata and Daley Blind seemingly on their way out of Old Trafford, it would make sense that the Red Devils line up their replacements, especially so following a season where creativity was hard to come by in the centre of the park.

And now, it seems they have, in Roma's Milarem Pjanic.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Mourinho has earmarked the Bosnia international as his top summer target and told United chiefs so.

The Portuguese boss faces competition to sign him, of course, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain all reported suitors, but there's little doubting that the 26-year-old would breathe new life into Mourinho's midfield.

Ten goals and 12 assists in 33 Serie A appearances last term is a fine return, suggesting he's exactly the calibre of player needed at the Theatre of Dreams.

The issue remains, though, that Roma are entirely unwilling to sell their prized asset, no matter the price.

Furthermore, the lack of Champions League football on offer at United could be a deterrent to Pjanic, who helped his side secure their place in Europe's elite competition next season by finishing third, behind winners Juventus and Napoli.

One way or another, United need midfield reinforcements if rumours suggesting Mourinho will dispose of Mata and Blind are to be believed.

The latter's departure is the more likely after reports per the Daily Mail claimed Barcelona are lining up a £14 million move for the Dutchman.

Why exactly Mourinho wants to sell Blind is anyone's guess, though, following a season where the Netherlands international performed admirably at centre-back alongside Chris Smalling.

His versatility is something that United's manager should want to keep, yet that doesn't seem to be the case.

Elsewhere, the 20-time league champions have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Ibrahimovic after the 34-year-old striker ruled out a return to Malmo.

This is according to BBC Sport, who claim the former PSG believes he is too good to play in Sweden.

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