MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho fears the club fail in a bid to raid one of Tottenham, Barcelona or Leicester before the transfer deadline.
Manchester United manager Mourinho wants to sign a centre-back with three players on his list of potential reinforcements.
The Red Devils are keen on Tottenham’s Toby Alderwiereld, Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina – but face a race against time to get a deal done.
And ESPN say Mourinho is growing increasingly fearful his side will not be able to strengthen before tomorrow’s 5pm transfer deadline.
Manchester United already have options at the back in the form of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof.
However, having finished 19 points adrift of Manchester City last season, Mourinho wants more.
Express Sport understands the club have agreed personal terms with Alderweireld but Tottenham are currently pricing them out of a move.
Regarding Mina, ESPN say a move for the Barcelona powerhouse is complicated.
Agent fees and Barca’s asking price has plunged their pursuit of Mina, who is also wanted by Everton and Lyon, into troubled waters.
Leicester have staunchly insisted Maguire is not for sale.
But the England international is still hopeful of signing for the Old Trafford outfit in just over 24 hours time.
Mourinho has cut a sulky figure this pre-season, leading to concerns about his suitability for the United job.
And it now appears the 55-year-old is resigned to Ed Woodward letting him down.
Mourinho expressed a confidence he would sign at least one more player when speaking last week.
The United boss said: “I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get – which is not a drama.
“In every pre-season it happens the same, with every club, which is that the manager wants more.
“It’s our nature, you always want more for your team, but then club decisions are different and normally you don’t get what you want, which happened during all my career.
“So, if I get one player until the end of the market, that’s fine.”
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Honours: Primeira Liga (2003, 2004)
Taca de Portugal (2003)
Supertaca Candido de Oliveira (2003)
Champions League (2004, 2010)
UEFA Cup/Europa League (2003, 2017)
Premier League: (2005, 2006, 2015)
FA Cup: (2007)
EFL Cup: 2005, 2007, 2015, 2017)
Community Shield (2005, 2016)
Serie A (2009, 2010)
Coppa Italia (2010)
Supercoppa Italiana (2008)
La Liga (2012)
Copa del Rey (2011)
Supercopa de Espana (2012)