Manchester United set to smash world transfer record to sign £100m Midfield Maestro: How Jose Mourinho's side will look in 2016/17Published July 3, 2016
Newly appointed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is wasting no time in re-shuffling his Old Trafford squad with the former Chelsea manager having wisely snapped up three top signings already this summer.
Eric Bailly arrived early last month from Villarreal, the centre-back costing a cool £30m to bring in, and Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan were snapped up in recent days.
However Mourinho isn’t finished yet.
Manchester United are now ready to fork out £100m to re-sign Juventus midfielder according to the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old French international, currently on duty at the Euro 2016 finals, left Manchester United for Turin in the summer of 2012, after running down his contract with the Premier League side before leaving for a nominal fee.
Pogba has gone on to become arguably the most prized young footballer on the planet, helping Juventus to Serie A titles in each of his four seasons in Italy.
Last season the rangy midfielder finished the campaign as the leading assist-maker in Serie A and the season before played a key role in Juventus’s run to the Champions League final.
In short if Mourinho manages to land Paul Pogba then he will have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer.
Manchester United are ready to spend £100m to convince Juventus to sell and Mourinho will then look to build his new side around the talented youngster.
In The Bag
The capture of 27-year-old Armenian Mkhitaryan already provides Mourinho with extra creativity linking midfield and attack and the signing will leave Juan Mata, in particular, looking over his shoulder.
The former Borussia Dortmund man is the latest to leave the Westfalenstadion with the likes of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan having already fled for Bayern Munich and Man City respectively.
Speculation over a move to sign Ibrahimovic was rife from the moment Jose Mourinho was announced as the successor to Louis van Gaal and now the deal to bring in the 34-year-old is done and dusted and no doubt Manchester United fans are licking their lips with anticipation.
Yes the burly forward is no spring chicken but the prolific forward is arguably in the best form of his life having racked up 156 goals in four seasons at PSG. Expect the striker to prove a real handful in the English top tier.
Here’s how Manchester United could line-up in 2016/17.
This potential XI would be a good bet to mount a genuine push for the Premier League title next term and the absence of Champions League action could indeed aid such a push, their players being fresher than those outfits who are involved in the showpiece tournament.
Mourinho may be advised to sell a number of his squad in order to balance the books and as well as the aforementioned Mata the likes of Memphis Depay, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young may be on their way out.