Jose Mourinho targets four summer signings for Manchester United
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 26/05/17 11:47am
Jose Mourinho is targeting four top signings at Manchester United this summer, with Antoine Griezmann the primary target.
Mourinho has also made signing a central defender a priority, with Michael Keane, Virgil van Dijk and Victor Lindelof the three options United are considering at the position.
In addition, United are also looking to add a central midfielder and a versatile defender capable of playing either right or left back.
United finished the season on a high with victory in the Europa League but Mourinho wants to significantly strengthen the squad this summer as he looks to build a team capable of challenging in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Mourinho was decisive in the market last summer as he provided chief executive Ed Woodward with a list of targets from which Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly were signed.
And the United boss has handed Woodward a similar list of targets for this summer.
United want Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann to help address a goal-scoring shortfall that saw them manage just 54 in the Premier League last season, 32 less than top scorers Tottenham.
Ibrahimovic, the club's top scorer last season with 28 goals, faces an uncertain future as he continues his recovery from ruptured knee ligaments and he was coy about his plans when speaking to reporters after the Europa League final.
His departure would leave a void up front for United and it is unclear whether Mourinho is ready to trust 19-year-old Marcus Rashford to fill it.
Wayne Rooney's 13-year tenure at the club looks to be coming to an end after he confirmed he has received offers from other clubs in England and abroad, with the club captain admitting he "more or less" decided his future.
Michael Carrick, 35, will be offered a new one-year contract by the club but Mourinho is keen to have another option in midfield after allowing Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave during the season.
Sky Sports News HQ understands United are confident of fighting off interest from Real Madrid in David de Gea after securing Champions League qualification for next season.