Jose Mourinho will be remembered for many things when his career one day comes to an end. And it’s almost certain that one of those things will be that he was the first manager to spend over £1billion on transfer fees!
Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba. These are the latest names to grace the Special One’s chequebook, but even after all that, it doesn’t seem like he’s quite finished just yet.
Rumour has it that there is one piece missing in Mourinho’s puzzle and that is an experienced centre-back. Chris ‘Smaldini’ Smalling is the only real leader in a young defence, so it’s no surprise that Southampton’s Jose Fonte is being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Jose Fonte: "If the interest is there it is a reason to be flattered to be associated with a club like Manchester United." #MUFC
— RedReveal (@RedReveal) August 12, 2016
As much as Mourinho has been getting carried away with adding to United’s attack, this is an essential bit of business and here’s why.
Over at City, Pep Guardiola might not have spent quite as much (although actually, he’s still spent a ridiculous amount compared to other Premier League clubs). What the former Barca boss has done is bring in players exactly where he needed them. John Stones is the new Martin Demichelis, a reliable defender who can regularly cover for Vincent Kompany. Ilkay Gundogan is the new Yaya Toure, hopefully minus performances like this:
— Alex Truica (@AlexTruica) August 19, 2016
Statistically, United’s defence was one of the best in the league last season, but we all know David de Gea played a ridiculously big part in that and he could do with a bit more cover.
Bailly looks a decent buy, Smalling’s solid, and Daley Blind doesn’t need too much work. After that, though, it’s the injury-prone Phil Jones and the worse-than-average Marcos Rojo.
A swap deal involving Rojo, who Southampton tried to sign two years ago, and Fonte would actually be a great bit of business by United.
What’s more, it would be addressing an area which needs work, which the Pogba signing isn’t really doing. City have set the tone in buying players they need, so it’s time United followed suit. If they don’t, they could end up with some big, big regrets at the end of the season if it’s Guardiola, not his nemesis Mourinho, who is lifting the trophy.