Jose Fonte’s transfer to Manchester United is reportedly been held up by ongoing rows between Jose Mourninho and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
Mourinho is keen for the Fonte deal to be sorted as soon as possible; however Ed Woodward wants more players to leave the club first before he rubber stamps the deal for the Portuguese centre-back.
The reds are said to have made a bid of around £12 million for the Southampton skipper and whilst the Saints do not want to lose Fonte so late in transfer window, it is understood they would be willing to let him go should United meet their valuation for the player.
Fonte still has two more years to run on his current contract with the saints, but he would be willing to move to Old Trafford should both clubs come to an agreement.
Should Mourinho manage to bring Fonte to the theatre of dreams, it would bring to an end the Portuguese’s quest for a new centre back. United may be strong in numbers at the back, but for what they have in numbers they lack in quality and Mourinho will know all too well, that it needs addressing before the end of the month.
Manchester United have enjoyed a successful summer in the transfer market bringing in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly and with the potential signing of Jose Fonte on the way, he could become the final piece in Mourinho’s jigsaw
Mourinho has already stated that he intends to work with a squad of twenty outfield players and three goalkeepers this season and with the United squad looking already rather congested a clear-out could be on the way.
Duo Paddy McNair and Donald Love became the first casualties under Mourinho’s new reign as the par joined former united boss David Moyes up at Sunderland in a cut price deal, with Adnan Januzaj following suit on loan. Youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has since departed for Wolves, whilst Guillermo Varela has joined German side Eintracht Frankfurt both on season long loans.
Further departures from Old Trafford are widely expected to occur before the summer transfer windows slams shut, with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo and Ashley Young’s future at the club all said to be in doubt.
Should United manage to trim down their squad over the next few days, momentum in the Fonte transfer can really start gathering some pace.