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21st Dec 2016

Man United boss Jose Mourinho plotting £180m spending spree on four key players

It would take his outlay to more than £300m


Jose Mourinho is planning a £180m spending spree to get Manchester United firing again, according to the Daily Telegraph.

As has been widely reported today, the Red Devils are closing in on a £38m deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

SOLNA, SWEDEN - MARCH 29: Swedens Victor Nilsson Lindelof during the international friendly between Sweden and Czech Republic at Friends Arena on March 29, 2016 in Solna, Sweden. (Photo by Marcus Ericsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)(Photo by Marcus Ericsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

But according to the Telegraph’s James Ducker, the 22-year-old centre half could be just the first in a series of big-money buys for Mourinho over the course of the next two transfer windows as he seeks to finally take United back to competing for the top trophies.

The other targets he is looking at include Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, 25, who has a £84m release clause and would add some much-needed dynamism to United’s attack.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Elche FC at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)(Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss Mourinho is also keen on Benfica right back Nelson Semedo, who would cost around £25m and provide competition for Antonio Valencia. At 23-years-old, Portuguese international Semedo could also be a long-term replacement for the 31-year-old Valencia.

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 14: Benfica's defender Nelson Semedo during the Pre Season match between SL Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Estadio do Algarve on July 14, 2016 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)(Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, is the other name being linked with United. A potential replacement for 35-year-old Michael Carrick, Bakayoko is also being closely monitored by Chelsea and would cost around £35m.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: Roberto Soriano (R) of Villarreal competes for the ball with Tiemoue Bakayoko of Monaco during the UEFA Champions League play-off first leg match between Villarreal CF and AS Monaco at El Madrigal on August 17, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)(Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Despite the high outlay for the four players – which could take Mourinho’s spending at the club to over £300m in a single year – all four players are young and could provide years of service while bringing down the average age of the squad, and command good sell-on fees.

United chiefs have also been briefing that they would like to see Mourinho stay on past his current three year contract as they are pleased with how his reign has started and his impact at the club, and feel he is finally the man they have been looking for to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after false starts with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

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