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Reports: Manchester United keen on signing £40 million midfielder in January

3.50K   //    26 Dec 2017, 10:45 IST

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Jose is set to go on a January splurge

What’s the story?

Jose Mourinho is keen on adding reinforcements in the midfield when the transfer window opens. The manager is not happy with the options he has and with contracts of Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata expiring, he's set to splash the cash once again.

According to reports from Goal, Manchester United are set to make a move for Bordeaux's attacking midfielder, Malcom. They are reportedly going to begin talks with an initial £40 million bid as per the report.

In case you didn’t know…

Jose Mourinho has been omitting Henrikh Mkhitaryan a lot these days despite the Armenian starting off the season well. He is reportedly not happy with the player's performances and wants him to work harder.

The heart of the matter

Malcom has been on fire this season in Ligue 1. The 20-year-old has scored 7 and assisted 4 this season so far.

Bordeaux however, are not willing to let him leave anytime soon. They are said to be demanding £55 million if any club wants to sign him in January – £15 million more than what United are reportedly willing to offer.

Manchester United will not be keeping him at the club even if they sign him in January according to the report. They are willing to loan him back to Bordeaux for the rest of the season to let him develop even more.

Apart from United, Arsenal and Juventus have also been linked with the Brazilian youngster. Machester City and Chelsea, along with Barcelona are also said to be keeping tabs on him.


Author’s Take

Jose Mourinho is clearly building a team for the future at Old Trafford. Marcos Rashford and Anthony Martial are in their early 20's and with Malcom also in the same age category, it would be interesting to see how the manager uses him.

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