Jose Mourinho may use Juan Mata's sale to sign world-class centre-back

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Over £150 million spent and Jose Mourinho's summer transfer window is far from over.

Since taking over at Manchester United on May 27, the Portuguese has signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free), Eric Bailly (£30m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m) and Paul Pogba (£89m).

Upon the latter's arrival, many expected Mourinho to wrap up his summer of spending and focus on how he should line up his side heading into the 2016/17 season.


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But that's not the case.

After being told by United's hierarchy that he must now sell players to generate transfer funds, it would seem Mourinho is hard at work to sanction the departure of one player in particular: Juan Mata.

Reports suggest the Spaniard is one of many on United's transfer list and, because he would command a fee in the region of £25-30 million, Mourinho is prioritising his sale.

And according to The Sun, he could use the money made from Mata's move to sign either Real Madrid's Raphael Varane or Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus.

United would struggle to convince the pair's respective clubs of selling but considering Mourinho's track record when it comes to signing his targets, it's impossible to rule out moves.

Varane arguably represents the superior option given his age and incredible potential; at 23-years-old, the Frenchman is already regarded as world class.

His pace and physicality would be perfectly suited to the Premier League, let alone alongside Chris Smalling, who possesses similar attributes.

The reason for Mourinho's desire to sign a new centre-back is understandable, of course, given the quality of his remaining options.

Phil Jones is yet to prove his worth in a United shirt, Bailly lacks experience and Daley Blind, simply put, isn't a centre-half.

Mourinho has previously made his intentions clear to help Bailly become United's answer to Varane, though.

He said: "I will give him everything to try to make him better, like I did with other central defenders I've had in my hands, like, for example, Varane.

"I will try to make him the best I can. He has shown the potential we saw when we decided to buy him.

"He's a very young boy coming from a completely different environment, but you could see what he is at this moment.

"I wanted to give him more minutes because he needs to play more than others. He needs to feel it and start communicating."

And who better to help Mourinho raise Bailly to Varane's level than the man himself.

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