With a number of players’ contacts coming to an end in the summer, including Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, it’s going to be a critical time for Jose Mourinho to strengthen the squad; providing Daniel Levy loosens the purse strings for long enough, that is.
But if the manager has achieved anything in the past, in addition to the cups and titles he’s led his teams to winning, it’s been in showing great acumen when it comes to making signings. So now could be a good time to look at some of the most notable of these, and hope that he can make some equally shrewd ones in the summer.
It’s easy to forget that it was Mourinho who first brought Salah to England following an £11 million deal with Basel, during 2014’s transfer window. But, for a number of reasons, the Egyptian didn’t receive enough playing time to keep him at Stamford Bridge, and he moved on to Liverpool fairly quickly. Mourinho is often accused of failing to exploit his talents, but he blames the Chelsea board for releasing him so easily.
No doubt Spurs would do very well to get Modric back after his £30 million transfer to Real Madrid – but perhaps he wouldn’t give of his best under Mourinho. He certainly failed to live up to expectations at the Bernabeu in a season that was disappointing by anyone’s standards, including his own, and which he blamed on a lack of pre-season training. But he’s gone on to flourish and show his real class for both Real and Croatia.
Angel di Maria
In a dramatic contrast to Modric, di Maria was one signing that went spectacularly well following his purchase from Benfica for £25 million. He immediately settled into the Real Madrid line up where his dribbling and play-making skills were a crucial element of their success. His love of the big occasion also helped him to become a real fans’ favourite.
Spurs fans looking to put some money on the team’s performance next season at betting sites, such as Comeon Casino, for example, would surely like to see a player of Pogba’s calibre in the line-up. However, it’s hard to imagine that the differences that sprung up between him and Mourinho at Manchester United would play out any differently. The revival in form that he’s since shown under Solskjaer, has underlined how deep the rift had become since his purchase from Juventus for £89 million.
Manchester United are now willing to accept offers of £100 million for Paul Pogba this summer.
The Red Devils were holding out for £180 million last year but are now keen to cash in while they can with his contract expiring next summer, reports The Sun.
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Ozil is a rare example of Mourinho buying a relatively cheap player from a smaller club, Werder Bremen, and really bringing them on. The German soon blossomed under the Portuguese manager who even awarded him the number 11 shirt marking him out as a designated playmaker.
So, it’s obvious that Mourinho can both spot and attract talent. But the bigger question is whether there will then be a real clash of personalities and temperaments – although, hopefully, these are issues that won’t arise next season.
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