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Jose Mourinho will have offload Manchester United players before he can buy in January

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have to sell players before he can buy any more in January.

United’s board want to get more control over costs, according to a BBC report. The club’s wage bill was £263.5 million – up 13.5% – according to their last accounts, and Mourinho has spent £285 million on 6 major signings since he joined as manager in 2016.

This means that some players will now be looking nervously at the door marked ‘exit’. Left-back Luke Shaw is likely to be one of those – he was signed for £27 million in 2014 but is out of favour under Mourinho having struggled with injury and form. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone may be another – he has impressed on his season-long loan at Aston Villa and the club are keen to sign him permanently.

Juan Mata and Antony Martial have also been in and out of the side this season and could be jettisoned if there is a player Mourinho really wants to sign.

Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the season, so Mourinho could be tempted to sell him in January rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer, but he is also an integral member of the squad and could be offered a new deal.

However, with United already eight points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Mourinho may be ready to dip into the transfer market to try and close the gap.

Manchester United target Spurs £50-million rated defender Danny Rose

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Manchester United are considering bidding for Tottenham Hotspur’s England left-back Danny Rose, rated at £50 million, in the January transfer window.

Rose would seem to fit the bill in a problem position for United – Luke Shaw is making slow progress from injury and appears not to be trusted by manager Jose Mourinho, while Daley Blind and Ashley Young have played there, it is not a natural position for either.

However, tempting Spurs to sell could be difficult, especially if they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are still in the Premier League title race.

But, if Spurs should falter, United hope there may be a chance to sign Rose, especially if the player expresses a desire to leave – he has in the past said he would be open to a move to a club that offered bigger wages, something that Unite would do.

Even if that were to happen, a deal would still be some way away, given that Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy drives a notoriously hard bargain, and will not have forgotten United’s efforts to unsettle Eric Dier in the summer.

Rose himself, who has made more than 150 appearances for Spurs, has recently returned to training, having been out injured since January.