Rumours that Manchester United might not be finished in the transfer window this summer haven’t abated since the capture of Paul Pogba this week. Granted, the Frenchman was one of the 4 core signings that Jose Mourinho wanted for his new club when he took over in May, and whilst it was easily the most difficult to conclude, the Portuguese stated that he could ‘breathe’ once the fourth was concluded. As such, anything else should be regarded as a nice bonus to add to a tremendous summer of purchasing for the club, perhaps their best ever in terms of the quality at the club now.
Those deemed surplus to requirements for this season or beyond have also begun to leave Old Trafford, with Donald Love and Pasty McNair heading off to Sunderland permanently and Andan Januzaj joining them on a season-long loan. Yet with several first team players still surely leaving before the summer transfer window ends, murmuring of more arrivals at Old Trafford have not ceased.
Raphael Varane is easily the biggest name being linked with the club in the post-Pogba landscape, with mutterings of Moussa Sissoko’s next destination feeling inconsequential at this stage.
Today sees a new name added to that pile in the shape of Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans. According to reports Mourinho himself has contacted the talented youngster about making the switch to Old Trafford in the near future ( quotes below ).
The source of that information is an unorthodox one; the player’s former teammate Lukkasz Plonowski. According to the Poland international, Tielemans has confirmed to him privately that Jose Mourinho has called him personally and asked if he would like to join him at Manchester United.
“Youri called me up recently and said: Lukasz, do you know who called me? Mourinho,” Plonowski told Weszlo.
“He asked if how I’d take the possibility to move to Manchester United.”
Tielemans has been a part of the Anderlecht first team set-up for the last 3 years, breaking through when he was 16. If the story’s true, then this could potentially be a deal with one eye on the future or, should he hit the ground running like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial did last season under Louis van Gaal, he could find himself in the first team picture very quickly.
One thing Tielemans has working for him should he male the switch is that Pogba is essentially the only midfielder who should be on the teamsheet each week, with the likes of Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin still to earn a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho.