Manchester United line-up shock move for £100m star: Jose Mourinho hopes to start Galactico era at Old TraffordPublished August 28, 2016
Jose Mourinho may have spent over £150m on new additions this summer but it appears the Manchester United manager is just getting started.
According to reports in the Daily Star on Sunday, Mourinho has set his sights on another massive signing, Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.
The 27-year-old is a player Mourinho is desperate to land though this source admits a move may not occur during the current transfer window.
The Daily Star claim such a move would see the Welsh international become the first £100m player and this is certainly not the first time the former Tottenham man has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
On a number of occasions Bale has been said to be a Manchester United target, most reports claiming that the Cardiff born wide-man is keen to follow in the footsteps of childhood hero Ryan Giggs.
Real Madrid will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of the player they signed for £86m just over three years ago and are already lining up a new contract offer to keep Bale happy, one worth a staggering £12m a year.
Bale has proven a big success in the Spanish capital, netting 49 goals in 82 La Liga fixtures as well as playing a key role in two Champions League triumphs over the course of his three seasons at the club.
Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of the speedy cultured forward and will not be looking to cash in on one of their star turns.
However two players who do look to be on their way out are Isco and James Rodriguez, both players failing to secure a spot in Real Madrid’s starting eleven this term, this despite the fact that both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are sidelined.
Jose Mourinho has had a busy summer thus far, wasting no time in raiding the Man United bank account in pursuit of stellar additions.
First to arrive was relatively unknown La Liga defender Eric Bailly, who cost £30m, and the former Villarreal man has already impressed a great deal.
Then came Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund for a similar fee and he was swiftly followed by PSG goal-machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player who may have arrived on a free transfer though is certainly on a massive contract.
The Swede has wasted no time in proving that he is capable of replicate his goal-scoring efforts in Ligue 1, and elsewhere, in the Premier League by netting three times in his first two games.
Then came Paul Pogba, brought in for a new world-record fee of £89m, the 23-year-old French international re-joining the side who allowed him to leave for a pittance four years ago.
Man United endured three lean seasons following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement with neither David Moyes and Louis van Gaal managing to steer the club back in the right direction.
Mourinho is certainly the man for the job and clearly has the backing of the Man United board and one expects the club to challenge for the title after three successive wins and a top four finish is the very least to expect.