Manchester United are reportedly considering making a move for Monaco defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in the January transfer window.
Mourinho is said to see Bakayoko as his primary transfer target but will face tough competition for the midfielder’s signature from Italian giants Juventus who are also keen on signing the Frenchman.
Monaco are said to be desperate to keep hold of their star man but would consider selling Bakayoko should they receive a substantial offer for the player.
Bakayoko joined the Ligue 1 side back in 2014 and has since gone on to become an integral part of Leonardo Jardims side.
Whilst Paul Pogba may have solved one issue in midfield for the new United boss there remains a much deeper problem and that is defensive midfield.
Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera have all been tried and tested so far this season by Mourinho but none have had what it takes to hold down a regular first team spot alongside Pogba and should the Portuguese manage to persuade Bakayoko to join up with him at Old Trafford, he may have finally found the answer to his midfield concerns.
To get the best out of Pogba, Mourinho needs a player alongside the Frenchman who can maintain possession the ball, dictate play and protect the back four and in Bakayoko he ticks every box.
At just twenty two years of age Bakayoko stands as one of the most highly rated prospects in today’s game. His ability to sweep up the midfield combined with his outstanding work rate makes him a real talent and one which would no doubt improve Mourinho’s Manchester United side.
With Mourinho expected to persist with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation Bakayoko would not only fit straight into the United side and but would more importantly be an improvement to what the Portuguese already has.
It’s a signing that makes perfect sense for United and a signing which could play a significant role in how Jose Mourinho’s bid to bring the premier league title back to Old Trafford pans out.