Mourinho: Our summer transfer market will be soft, Ibra stays

      

Mourinho: Our summer transfer market will be soft, Ibra stays

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Jose Mourinho has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United  going on a huge splash come the summer transfer market.

According to the Portuguese, United’s squad is balanced enough and will not require any major changes.

“Independent of the numbers, you can spend 1,10 or 100 million, it’s also the philosophy–we prefer to bring two, three or four players, players that feel an idea [of the] football we try to play, that can improve our squad.” Mourinho said.

“We are not interested in signing six or seven. We are not going to play this game.”

Four players came to Old Trafford in the summer for a total of £158 million and seven players went the other way for £40 million. According to Mourinho, the club might as well spend £300 million for up to four players, but is not something he considers a major revamp. 

“We are stable, so we think our market in the summer will be soft, will be natural–some players to leave, some players to come but in a very natural way so I think the word Ed [Untied’s executive director] used was a good one.

“You work with the players and you know the players better–even in relation to this everything is balanced, I’m not negatively surprised with anyone, I didn’t have an incredible impact with some player. So everything is balanced and I think our summer will be quite small.”

Ibrahimovic, 35, agreed a one-year deal with the club in the summer and it looks like his 20 goals so far have convinced Mourinho to offer him another 12 months at the club.

“I’m totally convinced he is going to stay.” he said. “He came with the intention to stay two years but in the minds of everyone the first year is going better than every expectation, he knows we are going to try again to improve next season and try to share with him in a fantastic way probably the last year of his career at highest level.”

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31