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Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Makes Late Swoop for Rival’s Star Player

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, August 19. Dan Mullan/Getty

Manchester United has registered an interest in signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City with little over 24 hours remaining of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho has had a busy summer that has pleased him as his new signings have helped take Manchester United to the top of the Premier League table.

But Mourinho was never satisfied. To be totally content with his team, the Portuguese coach wanted just one more signing this summer, a player who can play wide and cut inside.

Ivan Perisic, of Inter Milan, was his top target, but now United has shown interest in Leicester City’s 2016 PFA Player of the Year Mahrez, according to The Independent.

Mahrez is keen to leave the King Power Stadium this summer but Leicester is yet to receive an offer that it feels is worth selling the Algerian forward. Roma was interested in signing him, but failed to reach the £50 million valuation Leicester has for Mahrez.

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Mahrez would become the fifth big name to move to Old Trafford this summer. Swedish center back Victor Lindelof was the first through the door, joining from Benfica for £34 million, and Romelu Lukaku soon followed.

The Belgian striker transferred from Everton for £75 million and has eased into life at United, already scoring four goals in four games for Mourinho’s team.

United then managed to complete a £40 million signing of Nemanja Matic, the Serbian midfielder who Mourinho worked with at Chelsea, before renewing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract at Old Trafford for another year.

Mourinho’s team already looks strong, and the addition of Mahrez would make United an even stronger contender for the title.

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