Jose Mourinho wants Man United to sign one of four defensive midfield targets – report

The Manchester United manager has given Ed Woodward a list of four potential defensive midfield recruits, according to reports

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic Photo: Screen grab

Jose Mourinho has given Manchester United chief executive a list of potential defensive midfield reinforcements to aim for in the summer transfer window, according to reports in England.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Red Devils boss is eager to improve his options in the middle of the park ahead of a return to the Champions League next season.

The same article speculates that Chelsea star Nemanja Matic, Tottenham Hotspur’s England international Eric Dier, Roma’s dynamic Radja Nainggolan and Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko make a four-man wishlist.

Matic has previously worked with Mourinho after the Portuguese coach signed the defensive midfielder in a £21m deal from Portuguese giants Benfica in January 2014.

The Serbia international won the Premier League title and the League Cup crown under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and he established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading holding midfielders.

Chelsea are reported to be open to selling Matic if the Premier League champions complete a deal to sign Bakayoko from Ligue 1 holders Monaco this summer.

Tottenham are unlikely to consider letting Dier go given the north London side’s impressive progress under Mauricio Pochettino over the past three seasons.

According to Serie A expert James Horncastle, Nainggolan is happy in Roma and won’t consider leaving the Italian capital after turning down Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last summer.

Manchester United have only signed Swedish defender Victor Lindelof in the summer transfer window so far.

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