Yesterday, Manchester United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward said yesterday on investor conference call that the team would be active in the transfer market this summer, but would probably spend less on transfers in the next window.
Today Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media to preview Saturday’s match against Watford. The Portugese revealed that the club could buy up to four players this summer (video at this link).
“First of all, yesterday I had to ask a friend about churn because I had no idea,” Mourinho said. “It’s a new word for my vocabulary, you have to learn every time you can and I thank Ed for that word because I didn’t have an idea.
“He’s completely right, of course we speak about it, of course we speak about what next and we know that we have a squad that like every squad needs changes.”
“But we know also that our squad has potential, our squad has good players, many of them in the best age, the age of evolution and it’s not our philosophy, independent of the numbers, can you spend one, 10 or 100 million, independent of the numbers, it’s also the philosophy, the idea and we look at it in this way.
“We prefer to bring two, three or four players, but good players, players that feel an idea, a football that we try to play, that can improve our squad, we are not interested in sell sign six or seven and buy six or seven and from this six or seven, only one or two are great quality or the others are the same as the ones we are selling.”
“We are not going to play this game, we are stable, so we think that our market in the summer will be soft, will be natural, some players to leave, some players to come but in a very natural way so I think the word Ed used was a good one.”
It is widely that summer transfer target #1 is Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, and that his friend and countryman Paul Pogba will be instrumental to recruiting him.
Jose Mourinho, of course, would not be drawn into a discussion of who exactly these 2-4 players could be.
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