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Dec 30, 2016

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hints he wants to sign a striker next summer

Sean Kearns
Griezmann? Mourinho hints at Man United summer deal
Jose Mourinho has hinted at a summer deal for a striker (Picture: Getty)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he’s not looking to add to his strikeforce in the January transfer window – and hinted he’ll wait until the summer to sign a forward.
The 53-year-old spent £150million during his first summer at the club, including a world record £89m move for French midfielder Paul Pogba.
Mourinho’s keen to ship players out before bringing more in in the window, with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin likely to be moved on.
United have over-relied on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals this term with the Swedish forward bagging just short of half of the team’s 27 goals in the league so far.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United celebrate after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on December 14, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
Ibrahimovic has shouldered the burden for United’s goals this term (Picture: Getty)
It’s led to speculation that Mourinho could look to buy in the window but he insists he will wait until the summer before bringing in another striker.
‘We are not going to do that [buy a forward in January],’ said Mourinho.
‘We have Zlatan, Rooney, Rashford and Martial, who can also be a No 9 in a different style.
‘We have a squad of 24 players. I know we’ve a lot of competitions to play but where is the striker to come here with that quality to play for United? Where is that striker, where the club can let him come?
‘That’s not something for the January market, it’s probably something for the summer.’

Manchester United fixtures

Middlesbrough (H) – Sat 31 Dec
West Ham (A) – Mon 2 Jan
Reading – FA Cup (H) – Sat 7 Jan
Hull – EFL Cup (H) – Tue 10 Jan
Liverpool (H) – Sun 15 Jan
Stoke (A) – Sat 21 Jan
Hull – EFL Cup (A) – Thu 26 Jan
Atletico Madrid forward Antonie Griezmann is believed to be United’s number one target for the summer and the Red Devils are confident they can entice the Frenchman to Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old has an £85m release clause in his contract and is thought to be open to moving to the Premier League.

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