With Mourinho closer to taking the role next at the Manchester United dugout, the Portuguese is making arrangements for a successful campaign after having made a mess of his glorious career with Chelsea’s woes earlier in the season. Known for his love for strong and bullish forwards, the former Porto manager wants the Red Devils to bring in such a striker by Summer if he assumes the coaching position next season. His former charge at Chelsea, Diego Costa tops his priority list as far as the striking role goes, and he wants to reunite with the Spain international.
Costa arrived Stamford bridge in 2014 following Mourinho’s recommendations and instructions to the Chelsea management, and the hot-tempered has spearheaded the attack since then, banging in 35 strikes in 71 appearances. Mourinho has had his eyes on the 27-year-old since his time at Bernabeu while the player was with Atletico Madrid and was being loaned to different clubs. Both enjoyed a great working chemistry at Chelsea, and despite both appearing to fall out towards the end of the coach’s reign, they settled their differences, and might have a chance to work together again.
The Brazil-born Costa is also being linked with a return to Atletico Madrid as the La Liga outfits are looking to resign their former striker. Manchester United will have to fight off competition from the Spanish side who could have an upper hand as the player is also keen on a return. With 11 goals to his name this season, Costa has a goal rate higher than any United’s player, and would no doubt fit into the club’s system if Mourinho actually takes over.