Mourinho tussles with United board over transfer budget

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to warn the club over blowing his transfer budget on the pursuit of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, according to a report in The Sun. The suggestion appears to be that the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is keen to land the Welshman for a deal that could potentially be worth £200m, with the Spanish club asking for well over double the £77m that they paid Tottenham Hotspur for his services back in 2013. United are one of few clubs who could afford to fund such a prohibitively expensive deal, but the Portuguese manager’s argument appears to be that such a pursuit would cut the money available for him to spend on other, more important targets.

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At present, United have deals lined up with Shakhtar Donetsk for Brazilian midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and are exploring the possibility of signing Spurs’ out-of-favour defender Toby Alderweireld. The combined spending of all three would probably amount to £100m in total, and given that United have typically failed to spend more than £150m per summer since Mourinho took over, the suggestion appears to be that a deal for Bale would affect the funds available for the club to complete other deals.

The pursuit of Bale certainly muddies the waters of United’s transfer business this summer; it’s rare for a player of his calibre to become free, and having missed out on the player last year, there’s every chance that the desire to add a word-class player to the ranks still appeals greatly to Mourinho and his bosses. But after the signing of Alexis Sanchez in January, and the inconsistent form of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, it might be far better for the former Chelsea boss to concentrate on developing and/or getting the best out of the available talent that he has before throwing gigantic sums of money at another superstar signing.

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2 Comments

  1. Woodward and Mourinho are not a good team. mourinho has all the skills to assemble and mold a team. He is not a development coach. He is a deliver now – win now manager. Acquiring players like Bale, Alderweireld etc. is a winning style for a manager like Mourinho. He has no truck with players who can’t meet his requirements and do it now. Players like Pogba, Shaw, Rashford and Martial need to be sold or loaned to somewhere they can be developed. Woodward just does not have the guts to do that. He is a great CFO and a terrible CEO. He is risk averse, afraid of making a mistake so in the end he postures and stalls- ofyern until the possibility disappears.

    • Fair analysis, from a non Man U fan. Much as you guys love Martial can you see him staying? What about Sanchez? Will he stay if you got Bale? Would Bale want to play for Mourinho again? Your weakness is highlighted by BDruid and why Spurs have punched above their weight (Poch/Levy relationship is a partnership). It will be an interesting summer.

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