Man United boss wants commanding star as fifth summer transfer, big issue blocking deal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to complete his summer transfer business with a move for a commanding central defender, but he has to sell unwanted first-team players before completing any more deals, according to reports from ESPN.

The Portuguese boss has enjoyed a fine off-season since his arrival at Old Trafford, with the world-record capture of Paul Pogba for a fee of around £89m the icing on a cake that’s included the additions of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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However, ‘The Special One’ remains keen to make one more signing, with a defensive leader on his agenda, yet reports claim that he’ll have to offload players before another transfer can be made.

Mourinho is understood to want a centre-back in the mould of Man United legend Nemanja Vidic, with the addition of Bailly from Villarreal having not quelled his concerns.

There are no specific names given but links between the club and Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus have circulated in recent times.

There are a number of first-team players believed to be surplus to requirements at the Theatre of Dreams, with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj headline names.

Leonardo Bonucci