Manchester United have struggled in recent weeks with Liverpool, Huddersfield and Chelsea all damaging their hopes of a first Premier League title since 2013.
The Red Devils already sit eight points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, prompting talk an overhaul could be on the cards when the transfer window reopens in January.
And Spanish website Diario Gol claims Mourinho is concerned about his defence – despite them conceding just five goals all season.
Manchester United’s backline has been strong so far with David De Gea and Phil Jones both at their best.
But other players have toiled, with Chris Smalling’s recent form costing him a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
Victor Lindelof’s form has also prompted cause for concern.
Big things were expected of the Sweden international when he signed from Portuguese side Benfica for £30million back in the summer.
But the 23-year-old has failed to adjust to life in England, and has been marginalised ever since enduring a nightmare afternoon against Huddersfield last month.
Diario Gol say, however, that Mourinho has come up to a solution to his side’s woes.
He is supposedly ready to break the bank to land Barcelona powerhouse Samuel Umtiti.
Umtiti has been in fine form, helping Ernesto Valverde’s side top the table ahead of Valencia and Real Madrid.
And Mourinho is ready to pay his release clause in order to bring him to Old Trafford.
On top of that, the Red Devils are also prepared to offer him a huge salary.
But prising him away from Barcelona will not be easy.
Manager Valverde will not want his defensive rock jumping ship, particularly midway through the season.
And that means United may have to wait until the end of the campaign to land the France international.
Published at Sat, 11 Nov 2017 18:46:25 +0000