Seven influential players to be Jose Mourinho’s ‘captain’ in central midfield

first_img 7 7 N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) – Kante was unquestionably one of the players of the season, with his dynamic displays crucial to Leicester City cruising to the Premier League title. The Foxes may be readying themselves for a number of offers in the summer, and United are said to be considering making a bid. But with Champions League football on offer at the King Power Stadium next season, it would have to be a very lucrative offer. Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) – click the arrow above, right, to check out more midfielders Mourinho could target in the summer – It was recently claimed incoming Man United manager Jose Mourinho wants a ‘captain’ in central midfield. This is not necessarily a player to take the armband off current skipper Wayne Rooney, but an influential figure in the middle to help the club fight for honours on all fronts. Arturo Vidal is one candidate and it’s been a satisfying debut season at the Allianz Arena for the battling midfielder as he won the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. While the Chilean might not be looking to leave so soon, interest in his signature remains high and Spanish outlet Don Balon claim Chelsea, United and City are considering an offer. 7 7 Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) – The midfielder was forced to walk away from Old Trafford in 2012, after a series of loan spells, to save his faltering career. His steely determination has seen him prove himself at Leicester and force his way into England’s preliminary Euro 2016 squad. Mourinho may see his inspiring displays as crucial to rebuilding United, while the player himself has unfinished business with United. 7 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – Matic has endured a season to forget at Stamford Bridge, but his reputation seems to have remained intact. Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail, will attempt to sign the tough Serbia international when he officially takes over at United. It would be a surprise if the midfielder himself wants to link up with the Portuguese coach again. 7 Paul Pogba (Juventus) – The grass really has been greener on the other side for Pogba. Since leaving Old Trafford in July 2012, the midfielder has been at the heart of Juve’s numerous honours and he has earned a world class reputation. It’s wishful thinking that Mourinho could lure the 23-year-old back to Manchester, but stranger things have happened. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – Throughout a challenging season for Los Blancos – in which manager Rafael Benitez was sacked at the beginning of the year – reports have suggested Kroos is unsettled at Real Madrid. Despite this, the classy midfielder has cemented his place under current manager Zinedine Zidane, however, some clubs are thought to still be considering making the Spanish side an offer. 7 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – Toure didn’t have the best of seasons at the Etihad, but he has still provided glimpses of the commanding displays supporters know he’s capable of. If Mourinho can motivate him, it would be foolish not to consider making an offer for a player, particularly as reports suggest he wants to leave City. His signing might not be the most popular, but a few years ago the same may have been said for Mourinho. Jose Mourinho is closing in on the vacant Manchester United position.This news has been swirling throughout the season and now only the official confirmation of his arrival at Old Trafford is awaited following Louis van Gaal’s exit.With his move seemingly almost done and dusted, reports have begun to surface over who the former Chelsea manager might want to sign ahead of his first campaign with the club.And it was recently claimed, via the Mirror, that Mourinho wants a ‘captain’ in central midfield for the Red Devils.Not a player to take the armband off Wayne Rooney, but someone with the leadership skills required of any side wanting to challenge for honours on all fronts.So who could fulfil such a role?Take a look at the top contenders for this position by viewing the slideshow above.last_img

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