JOSE MOURINHO will turn his attention to signing Jean Michael Seri after landing Alexis Sanchez.
The Manchester United boss is pushing hardest for the Nice midfielder and is weighing up a deal that would see him join in the summer, or whether he can be signed before next week’s transfer deadline.
Central midfield is now Mourinho’s priority now Sanchez has arrived in a £35million deal to bolster United’s attack.
The Special One was also looking at left-backs, although last week he insisted Luke Shaw’s form made him one of the best in the world at that position.
Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have been regulars in the heart of Mourinho’s midfield but he has been short on cover with Michael Carrick expected to join the coaching staff next season and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.
Seri, 26, saw a move to Barcelona fall through in the summer but has interest in the Premier League.
United lead the chase but Chelsea and Liverpool have also tracked the Ivory Coast international.
Manchester City have considered him but are favouring a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred.
All clubs are aware that the ex-Porto midfielder has a release clause that can see him move for less than market value.
At the weekend Mourinho praised the transfer gurus at United for getting the Sanchez deal done from under the noses of Manchester City.
It will be vice-chairman Ed Woodward and head of corporate development Matt Judge – who deals with contracts – who will lead the charge for Seri.
Splashing out for a second time in the window will not be a problem either after getting named the the world’s richest club in Deloitte’s Football Money League 2018.
They had revenue of £581.2million last year, £1.5m more than Real Madrid thanks to Mourinho leading them to glory in the Europa League.
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