Never believe what you read. Isn’t that what they say?
In the case of Manchester United, that is certainly true over David de Gea. With the arrival of the Portugese boss, De Gea expressed his desire to stay after last summer’s transfer debacle.
Real Madrid had the chance to activate a release clause in the Spaniard’s contract, but rejected it before the Euro’s despite remaining interested in the Manchester United goalkeeper, according to reports in Spain.
His release clause stands at €50m and although the claims are that De Gea wants to play under Mourinho, there is still a burning desire within the player to play for Real Madrid.
Contracts or not, we all know that they are not worth the paper they are written on these days, as contracts only protect the club.
So, if De Gea left for Real, who might Jose consider as his replacement? Here are five likely candidates…
Wouldn’t that be a fairytale for the Schmeichel family?
With his father being one of the all time Old Trafford greats, younger Schmeichel would have a lot to live up to, but after having a taste as a champion and being a full Denmark international, the Leicester keeper is an experienced option.
Leicester will be loathe to give up their number one and are aiming to talk to the Dane about extending his contract, but money talks and the 29-year-old could be swayed by the salary on offer and emulating his father.
If you can’t keep a Spaniard, replace with him with one of your own, and that’s what Mourinho could do with Portuguese keeper Patricio.
Part of the Euro 2016 winning Portugal side, the 28-year-old has spent most of his career with Sporting, making his debut with the first team at only 18-years-old and going on to appear in more than 350 games.
The Atletico Madrid keeper became the eighth most expensive goalkeeper ever when he moved two years ago from Benfica for €16m.
Only once in his 41 appearances for Atlético has Oblak conceded more than two goals. Even under bombardment from Bayern Munich’s heavy artillery in the Champions League, the Slovenian won every aerial duel and contributed seven saves, including his decisive reflex reaction to Thomas Muller’s penalty.
The Spurs keeper may not at want to move north when his current team are going to be competing in the Champions League, but when a club like Manchester United come calling, with a manager like Mourinho, you take notice.
The France international is a sound enough keeper and would be a superb addition to the squad. Already well versed in how the Premier League works and its pressures, Mourinho could do worse than lure the 29-year-old to Old Trafford.
Leno was one of the goalkeepers that Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp was reportedly monitoring before he signed Karius.
The 24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen shot stopper has also been watched by other Premier League clubs and is currently Manuel Neuer’s understudy for Germany.
His contract had a get-out clause of £12.5million, which expired on April 30, so now Leverkusen could more than double their asking price.
It is rumoured Leno wants to quit Leverkusen because of disagreements with coach Roger Schmidt and is another solid shout for the Man United manager.