Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Middle Man ; Jose Targets Roma Star to Bolster Reds' Spine

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Middle Man ; Jose Targets Roma Star to Bolster Reds' Spine

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UNITED manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic as he sets about reinforcing the team's spine.

Pjanic, 26, is contracted to the Serie A side until 2018 and United's interest could convince them to cash in on him this summer.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, who can play as a playmaker or in a deep-lying role, made his mark against United in a 2014 friendly in Denver when he lobbed goalkeeper Ben Amos from the halfway line in Roma's 3-2 defeat.

Pjanic would also be able to report for pre-season duty at Carrington on July 4, since the central Europeans did not qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

The possible acquisition of Pjanic would plunge Juan Mata's United future into further doubt, given their simi-larities. Mourinho wants to sign at least four players during his first summer transfer window in charge of United and has identified a right midfielder, a centre forward, a central midfielder and a centre- back as priorities in his attempt to guide the Reds to a 21st English title. …

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