Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted in interview with ESPN Brazil that every team needs a Brazilian player.
The Red Devils will be in the market this summer for a handful of players as they try to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
While speaking to ESPN Brazil, the Portuguese coach spoke of the importance of having a Brazilian in any football team.
One man that is unlikely to be arriving at Old Trafford this summer is Chelsea star Willian.
The 29-year-old winger played under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, but the United boss does not think that the Blues will sanction a transfer due to Nemanja Matic’s switch last summer.
“I think that a team without a Brazilian isn’t a team, but also, a squad with three or four Brazilian athletes, depending on their profile, cannot make a great team too. I’m kidding! Who knows we can have a Brazilian in the squad next year. I don’t believe it will be Willian, because Chelsea won’t make it possible.”
One area that United are likely to be looking at this summer is midfield due to impending departures.
Michael Carrick will leave at the end of the season, while Marouane Fellaini is likely to be heading towards the exit gate.
A lot has been made of Paul Pogba’s form this season, but there is a certain Brazilian who could potentially help the £89m thrive.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred has caught the eye due to his performances in the middle of the park.
The 25-year-old – valued at £17.1m by Transfermarkt – has made 34 appearances in all competitions.
The Brazilian predominantly plays as a central midfielder, but can also position himself further forward and has contributed with four goals and six assists.