Jose Mourinho set the tails of Manchester United fans wagging when he seemingly confirmed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his introductory press conference.
“The third player will be official soon,” Mourinho said, days after Borussia Dortmund announced the deal had been completed.
The Portuguese was discussing his transfer plan. Having already signed Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho provided a soundbite when he admitted he wants a fourth player in addition to Mkhitaryan.
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“We made a nucleus of four priorities, four positions, to give a certain balance to the squad,” the 53-year-old added, as he continues to rebuild a squad that has achieved little in the past three years.
United supporters quickly began speculating who the fourth player will be. Of course, the one they want is Paul Pogba, but the Juventus man wasn’t the only name doing the rounds on social media.
It seems likely that a central midfielder will arrive in the transfer - especially with Mourinho admitting Wayne Rooney will be deployed in an attacking midfielder - but speculation that winger Hirving Lozano will be arriving soon is rife.
The Mexican forward’s father-in-law claimed he will join the Red Devils after the Rio Olympics, and Lozano himself is overjoyed by the speculation.
“It’s good that teams like [United] are looking at me and I think I need to keep doing things well, so that teams come watch me do it at international level,” the 20-year-old told Mexican outlet Esto, per the Manchester Evening News.
“Of course the thought of playing for Manchester United excites me, and I need to give it my all (to make it a reality).
“Mourinho is a great coach and Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the world, but right now I must first report to Pachuca and then see what happens."
Jose wants specialists
Mourinho went into detail when discussing his summer plan, explaining his preference for “specialist” players than the multi-functional ones Louis van Gaal signed in Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind.
“As you know, the ones with more vision,” the former Real Madrid boss said, per The Guardian. “I am more a manager that likes specialists rather than multi-functional players because I am clear in my approach. Multi-functional players – you need one or two if you have three central defenders injured.
“But, basically, I want specialists. We decided four targets. We have three at the moment.
“Until we don’t have the fourth, we are still working hard. Myself, the structure, Mr Woodward, the owners. When we have the fourth we will breathe.
“The market will be open. We will get the fourth before 31 August, and we will be stable but the market will be open.”