Mourinho identifies Paul Pogba’s ideal midfield partner, Woodward told to deliver

Jose Mourinho has provided Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward with a list of his summer targets.

The Times reports that the United boss has prioritised the signing of a centre-half and a left-back ahead of the new season, with Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld and Juventus’ Alex Sandro believed to be the ideal candidates in Mourinho’s mind.

However, reports in Spain claim that a meeting between Mourinho and Woodward took place this week and that the manager demanded a top acquisition of a top central midfielder to partner Paul Pogba.

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Following Michael Carrick’s retirement last term, Mourinho has already brought in Brazilian midfielder Fred but was said to have wanted to bolster his midfield even further.

That was until Marouane Fellaini’s dramatic U-turn that should see him renew his United contract this weekend. Now, some reports claim the manager no longer sees the need to make additions to his midfield.

But, AS in Spain still claim that Mourinho has ambitiously identified Toni Kroos as his marquee signing this summer as he believed the Real Madrid playmaker is the perfect player to bring out the best in his French midfielder.

Kroos is already finished with the World Cup after defending champions Germany were eliminated after the group stages. He was one of a few German players credited for his performances at the tournament, with pundits being very critical of the Germans throughout the World Cup.

The Real Madrid midfielder scored a stunning winning from a free-kick against Sweden at the weekend. Hopefully, he will be doing that at Old Trafford next season.

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