Manchester United place Chelsea & Tottenham stars at top of summer transfer shopping list
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is planning a summer raid on Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea as he looks to bolster his squad at Old Trafford.
According to the Metro, Mourinho is looking towards his former club first of all in a bid to lure Cesc Fabregas from Stamford Bridge, before heading to White Hart Lane to take Harry Kane further north, per the Daily Star.
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While the latter has been seen as a natural target for some time, the time for Fabregas to join the Red Devils seemed to have come and gone. When Mourinho took him to Chelsea in 2014, during the Portuguese coach’s second spell with the Blues, United had in the race to sign him, with David Moyes in the hotseat after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson a year earlier. After staying at former club Barcelona for another year, he returned to the Premier League, helping Mourinho and his new side to the title in 2014/15. A Premier League record 18 assists showed he was still one of the best midfield players in the world.
Two years on, though, Mourinho is now at United after being sacked by Chelsea last season. Fabregas has found life tough under permanent replacement Antonio Conte, despite the Italian leading Chelsea to the brink of another title. The system being used in West London does not get the very best out of the Spain international, but Mourinho clearly believes he can get the best out of him once again, even with Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera performing so well this season.
Kane, meanwhile, has been in sublime form for three years, since breaking into the first team at Spurs. This year, with 17 goals to his name already this season, the 23-year-old has been the centre of speculation, with many believing he is outgrowing his roots and may have to leave White Hart Lane to reach the next level in his career. The report claims United are still keen to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, who has an £86million buyout clause in his contract at the Vicente Calderon, but have identified Kane as a possible £80million alternative.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, but the Swede’s contract expires in the summer and he has not yet committed his future to the club. Whatever happens, the 35-year-old cannot be seen as a long-term option and United know this, so are putting plans in place.