The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.
Manchester United to back Mourinho in January
There has been plenty of speculation about Jose Mourinho’s future this season — but there are no doubts about him among the Manchester United hierarchy, according to the Guardian.
It reports that Mourinho will be backed to strengthen the United squad in the winter if the right deals can be struck, with “more than £100 million potentially available” to him.
The United boss, frustrated in his summer search for another centre-half, wants a defender and a forward when transfer business gets going again and “will be supported should a player who can improve the squad become available.”
It adds that although he had been interested in Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, moves did not materialise “because the board did not believe that either was an upgrade” on the defenders already at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the Mirror says United are “shock favourites to sign former Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho” as the Borussia Dortmund player attracts interest from around Europe.
Sancho has produced a succession of outstanding performances since his arrival in the Bundesliga, earning a call-up to the England squad for their most recent games.
The Mirror says that despite City having a buy-back clause in the deal that took Sancho to BVB, United are the likeliest leaders in any race for the 18-year-old.