Premier League giants Manchester United were on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer, with the Red Devils being linked with a number of top-class defenders.
Reports from England claim that Manchester United blocked their manager Jose Mourinho from signing Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci. The then AC Milan defender was a target of the Portuguese tactician as the former Chelsea boss wanted to add an experienced star to his squad.
However, the Manchester United club’s board denied Mourinho from making a move for the player as they believed that the centre back didn’t offer value for money. Bonucci eventually made a return to Serie A champions Juventus €35 million.
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The 31-year-old was with the Bianconeri since 2010 but swapped the Italian league champions for AC Milan last summer. Bonucci could have joined Manchester United this transfer window, but the move didn’t materialise because the English club’s board didn’t sanction it, leading him to make a return to Turin.
Apart from Bonucci, the Red Devils were also linked with defenders like Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld and Diego Godin. However, the Mourinho-managed side didn’t sign anyone of those. The former Real Madrid manager had to start the season with the same defenders he had last term.
Some reports also claim that the relation between Mourinho and the club board is not really good and hence the problems in transfers. The fans are divided on this case as some took the side of the board calling for the manager’s sacking while the others wanted the board out.
There also rumours of the Manchester United players losing faith in Mourinho and wanting him to be replaced with a new manager.
The situation at Manchester United is still unclear, but there seems to be a feeling even among the Red Devils fans that Mourinho’s days as the club manager is numbered.