United need to sign one more player for me: Jose
MANCHESTER United manager Jose Mourinho admitted yesterday that they need one more signing before the season starts but would not confirm if the player would be Paul Pogba.
Media reports in Britain
on Wednesday suggested executive vice-chairman
Ed Woodward had pulled out of a pre-season tour to China so he could meet and agree
personal terms with
Pogba's agent Mino Raiola.
Mourinho was asked at a news conference in Shanghai whether he could confirm
"I don't confirm and I don't deny. I cannot tell you,"
he said on the eve of the International Champions Cup match against Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai today.
"I don't think it's correct
to speak about players of other clubs, and he's a Juventus player and not a
Manchester United player.
"The only thing I can tell you is that my board, my directors they did fantastic work to do
75 per cent of the job I asked them to do," he added.
"I gave them a few options and they did for me 75 per cent of the job with (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan and (Eric) Bailly and they have just 25 per cent to do until the 31st of August."
Mourinho has reportedly made French international Pogba his top transfer target
as he bids to make a
big impact in his first season
at Old Trafford but it could cost the club a record-breaking £100 million (S$179 million)
to land the midfielder.
United are believed to have had an opening bid of £86 million rejected by Juventus and an improved offer
could shatter the previous world-record fee of £85 million paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Mourinho has already
spent more than £50 million on defender Bailly from Villarreal and midfielder Mkhitaryan from Dortmund, as well as recruiting Ibrahimovic who left PSG
on a free transfer.
United round off their China tour against
fierce rivals Manchester City in Beijing on Monday.