Jose Mourinho had green lighted two January transfer arrivals in the days before his sacking at Manchester United, while Arsenal and Chelsea are battling one another to sign a £124m-rated attacking duo, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
UNITED HAD DONE DEAL TO SIGN DOUGLAS COSTA BEFORE MOURINHO SACK
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had reportedly lined up Juventus star Douglas Costa before axing Jose Mourinho, according to reports on Wednesday.
The Daily Mirror claims United had finally agreed to meet Mourinho’s long-standing request to add another winger to his frontline – and that Brazilian forward Costa was the man the club had already lined up.
Mourinho regularly clashed with United’s board over signings and their failure to land Ivan Perisic in summer 2017 was one of the Portuguese’s major irks during his time in charge.
However, the paper claims the club were ready to sign both Costa, who has fallen down the pecking order at Juventus since Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in the summer, and a major central defender in order to satisfy Mourinho’s demands.
It is understood both potential deals were given the green light by Mourinho, who had learnt of the proposed signings in the days before his sacking.
And while Mourinho has now been sacked, it remains to be seen whether the club will still press ahead with these plans in January.
The club are soon expected to announce an interim replacement for Mourinho, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favourite for the role.
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