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.