MAN UNITED KEEN ON URUGUAY INTERNATIONAL
Manchester United are keen on signing Uruguay international Jose Gimenez but manager Jose Mourinho is being tactical with his methods.
The player’s contract with La Liga side Atletico Madrid is set to end next summer so the Portuguese tactician does not want to spend the £56million release clause the club set.
With a year on the deal, Mourinho wants the player for a far cheaper price and rumours has it that the player wants to follow in the footsteps of legends Diego Forlan and Guillermo Varela – the only Uruguay stars that have lined up for United.
There are reports that Mourinho wanted to bid for him but later decided to stop all winter window investments. The 22-year old is expected to provide buffer in the defensive capacity at Old Trafford. Gimenez has started just 16 games as Coach Diego Simeone favours a partnership of Diego Godin and Stefan Savic.
Mourinho says his expectations are possible while speaking on players that are expected to join the club.
“I try always to be objective and not to participate in trying to bring in players that are impossible. I am not going to tell Mr Woodward and Mr Glazers ‘bring me Messi’….. I know exactly what I want. I know what I want is possible,” Mourinho said.
United is leading the race to acquire the services of Antoine Griezmann this summer and it would break another record. The striker is expected to hit the goals for United and support Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The form of Marcus Rojo and Phil Jones calmed Mourinho from signing replacements in Sweden international Victor Lindelof and Gimenez. Scouts approved of the prospects but Mourinho decided to hold back. It is now likely that United will approach Atletico for the players during the summer window.