Manchester United reach agreement over first summer signing in €52m deal

Jose Mourinho’s task in the summer will be to build a squad that can win the Premier League.

That is the aim for the Red Devils following the 2016-17 season, in which they finished sixth in the table and won the Europa League.

Mourinho would love to make a splash in the Champions League, of course, but that won’t be a priority. Reasserting United as a superpower in English football will be the first step in his bid to return the club back to the heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

United have been linked with a host of players in the summer as they prepare for a transfer window similar to last year’s. Mourinho spent more than £160 million in 2016 on Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly – while Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived on a free – and it would be a huge surprise if the club’s spending doesn’t hit nine figures this time around.

A deal for Antoine Griezmann appears to be off. The Atletico Madrid striker was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but he seemingly put an end to those rumours on Thursday when he posted a tweet of himself celebrating in an Atleti shirt with the caption: “Now more than ever #Atleti #alltogether.”

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