Manchester United linked with defenders as Mourinho rules out ‘crazy’ spending

Manchester United have a lot of ground to cover if they want to catch up with their neighbours Manchester City, who were crowned league champions on Sunday, next season.

However, United manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t aim to splurge on signings in the summer to bridge that gap. When asked about his transfer plans, the Portuguese manager said: “We are not going to spend more than we can. We are not going to do anything crazy. We are just trying to improve a little bit more. That’s what we are going to try.

“Everybody will try to improve – like we did from last season. Last season we finished sixth and this season we are going to finish, hopefully, second.

“Next season, we are going to try to improve, but let’s see what happens. Maybe also City will invest massively, and they don’t let the others close the gap to them, I don’t know.

“But it is not about us and them, it is about us and them and Liverpool and Arsenal and Chelsea and Spurs. It is not City and United. It is about the six.”

Despite Mourinho’s comments, its hard to see United not making any significant signing next summer – especially in the defensive department. The Red Devils have also been linked with a couple of names in the latest transfer rumours.

According to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho has been impressed by Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, and he plans to make a move for the England international in the summer.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Foxes in a £17million move from Hull City last summer, has established himself in the England side and is set to travel to Russia in the summer. United believe that a bid of £35million would get them their man in the transfer window.

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is another defensive player who has been linked with United in recent hours.

According to ESPN, sources close to Celtic have confirmed that the Red Devils have already sounded out the Scottish club regarding a move. Reportedly, United have scouted Tierney multiple times this season, and they intend to finalize the deal this summer. The report also mentions that United have ended their interest in Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.

Signing a left-back is a priority for Mourinho this summer, and it appears that United manager has found his man.

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