As reported in an exclusive by The Express, Jose Mourinho is planning a significant rebuild of his Manchester United midfield this summer with a move for two stars of French football.
It’s no secret that Man United are not where they want to be right now. Mourinho was brought into the club with ambitions of league titles and UEFA Champions League nights but they’ve been found wanting on both fronts this season, at risk of not even making the top four.
In order to turn things around, Mourinho will likely have to wheel and deal in the upcoming transfer window.
The Express reckon he has already identified two targets, Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi and Monaco’s Bernardo Silva. Both have been in excellent form this season and that means they have a high price tag on their heads.
The paper say Silva is rated at £50m while Matuidi could cost as much as £30m. Are these the right deals United need to transform their midfield?
Bernardo Silva could well end up being the next global superstar to come out of Portugal. He’s taken the UEFA Champions League by storm this season, helping Monaco reach the semi-final stage. At just 22 he has the whole world ahead of him. With 9 goals and 10 assists this season, it’s clear he could add a real attacking edge to the United midfield.
Matuidi is of course a player with less flair but could play a very important role for United who haven’t found the perfect blend in the heart of the midfield, when you scratch past the surface anyway. The likes of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera are fantastic but past that there is little depth going forward. Michael Carrick is ageing and Marouane Fellaini is too inconsistent.
Moves for these players would certainly show ambition and likely be popular with supporters. The question, can Mourinho get the deals done?