Mourinho: Pereira loan could be end of Man United transfers

Mark Scott
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Jose Mourinho has said the departure of Andreas Pereira will be the last piece of business done by Manchester United this summer.

Young midfielder Pereira is set to join Spanish Granada on loan after the 20-year-old’s move to Fulham broke down.

Mourinho is understood to be keen to add an experienced centre-back and a right-back to his squad, while there are question marks over the futures of a number of players currently at Old Trafford.

However, the Portuguese suggests he is happy with the size of his squad and says he is prepared to call upon academy players if the squad is hit by injuries or suspensions.

“I have 23 players in the squad and, in principle, there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming,” he said.

“It’s more than enough and if you have a problem or an opportunity then I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in their process.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger remains exiled at United, despite saying he will not join another European club, and Mourinho admitted it would be “very difficult” for the former Germany international to play this season

“I thought after quotes from Bayern they would run to Manchester to bring him back,” Mourinho quipped, referring to Bayern Munich’s criticisms of the way he has treated the midfielder.