Jose Mourinho ‘draws up three-man summer transfer shortlist’

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Jose Mourinho ‘draws up three-man summer transfer shortlist’

Jose Mourinho has reportedly already put plans in place to strengthen Manchester United’s midfield during the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils boss bolstered his attacking ranks with the high-profile signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal earlier this week, having stolen a march on rivals Manchester City for the Chilean forward.

According to The Independent, the surprise arrival of the 29-year-old – who was not even a serious target for United at the turn of the year – has seen Mourinho significantly alter his short-term transfer plans.

Rather than attempt to bring in a winger and a striker over the next seven months, two positions that Sanchez can cover, the Portuguese will now focus solely on his midfield.

Mesut Ozil is said to remain on United’s radar but, with wage demands of £300,000 a week, other better-value options have emerged.

The report suggests that Valencia youngster Carlos Soler and Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund will be targeted, while Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri – formerly wanted by Barcelona – is also being eyed up by Mourinho.