With Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United last summer, the Red Devils opened up their wallets as stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and £89.3 million record signing Paul Pogba were bought in to bring the club back to its former glory. Results have been underwhelming this season, as United have languished in sixth place for most of the season, 17 points below league leaders Chelsea.
United are preparing to spend big again next summer, as according to Yahoo Sports UK, United are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld and Chelsea winger Willian. These players have specifically been targeted because Mourinho wants to sign players with Premier League experience in an attempt to avoid the acclimatization period that Pogba and Mkhitaryan suffered through after moving from Italy and Germany respectively.
Alderweireld is currently in contract talks with Spurs and any new contract would remove the £25m release clause that is currently in place, increasing the potential fee United would have to pay. With Champions League football almost a certainty for Spurs next season, the north London side will be reluctant to sell Alderweireld although his future at the club has been in question of late.
As for Willian, Mourinho tried and failed to sign his former player in previous transfer windows. During his ill-fated final season at Chelsea, Willian excelled while most of the team flopped. Although he was a major player for Chelsea last season, Willian has seen his role reduced this year as manager Antonio Conte prefers a front three of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Pedro. With forwards Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney set to leave United, there would be room for the Brazilian to join United’s attack.