A couple of days back, Mourinho made his intentions clear. He exposed his plan in terms of transfer policy and player purpose. According to SkySports, the Portuguese boss said: “We made a nucleus of four positions as priority to give a certain balance to the squad, and a push in terms of quality that I want. From these targets we have three, until we have the fourth we are working hard on that, with Mr Woodward and the owners. When we have them we will breathe, we will be stable, and the market will still be open. As you know, especially the ones with more vision, I am a manager that likes specialists, not multi-functional players. I am clear with my approach and model of player. I like one or two multi-functional players. You always need someone that can give you a hand.” Things could be a bit different than expected though. After rumors pointed that the 4th player could be Paul Pogba who for now looks very hard to sign. Despite all that news of him being persuaded by Ibrahimovic to sign, there’s still not clear outcome to these theoretical negotiations.
Because of that and because of the fact that Mourinho is keen on working with specialists, Fabregas could represent the missing player on the 4 player list. Currently Manchester United don’t have someone like the Spaniard. LVG used Rooney in a similar position to that of Fabregas which is unimaginable for the Special One. Fellaini was also used as a semi-attacking midfielder but failed to impress. Mata is a pure number 10 if trusted like he was by Benitez at Chelsea (but is unlikely to be by Mou), Schweinsteiger might not be able to take on a full Premier League season and Herrera has fallen off the grid. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is very likely to be used on the right or as the second striker position thus leaving kind of a gap between Rooney and the defensive part of the team. Fabregas could very well fill in that gap despite being 29. He is under contract with Chelsea until 2019 but Conte’s arrival could determine the Spaniard to ask for a transfer or even be put on the transfer list by the Italian boss. He would be a solid transfer for Manchester United who seem to have hit a wall when it comes to Paul Pogba, Matuidi and Sissoko. Juventus look ready to match any offer from the Blues thus giving the Frenchman too few reasons to leave right now and hard to say if Mou likes the other 2 French options.