Jose Mourinho was quite close to being appointed manager of Real Madrid and would have moved for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea had he landed the gig.
According to El Chiringuito, Jose Mourinho had drawn up a four man transfer shortlist that he wanted Real Madrid to act on had he been appointed the manager of the club for the second time.
Incidentally, all four names were of players who plied their trade in the Premier League. Mourinho wanted David De Gea from Manchester United to replace Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian hasn’t really impressed following his move to the Spanish capital. He also wanted Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen from Tottenham and Liverpool’s defensive stalwart Virgil van Dijk.
Madrid had green lighted the moves for Kane and Eriksen as the duo had already been on their shortlist while De Gea had also been a long term target of the club.
However, the report states they had been making headway in bringing Eder Militao to the club from Porto and may not have moved for van Dijk like Mourinho had asked.
As it turned out, it didn’t matter anyway as Real Madrid ended up appointing Zinedine Zidane as their manager ahead of Jose Mourinho.
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