By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
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Jose Mourinho is targeting summer moves at Manchester United for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, John Stones and Benfica sensation Renato Sanches, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper claims Mourinho has told friends he is confident about succeeding Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the sunmmer.
The Portuguese has been heavily linked with the manager’s post at Old Trafford since he was sacked by Chelsea for a second time in December.
The Telegraph report that Mourinho has already been involved in discussions about new signings and supports moves for Sweden great Ibrahimovic, Everton centre-back Stones and central midfielder Sanches.
Mourinho made a series of failed bids for Stones when at Chelsea last summer and also tried and failed to bring Sanches to Stamford Bridge.
Ibrahimovic has admitted he would happily play under Mourinho at United as he weighs up the possibility of leaving Paris St-Germain at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Mourinho has remained tight-lipped on the destination of his next managerial post but is adamant he is set to take charge of his next club in time for pre-season.
Mourinho stopped short of naming the club but has strongly suggested that he already has an agreement in place with a club.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, Mourinho is understood to have signed a pre-contract agreement with United that is set to make him the highest paid manager in the world.
He has agreed a three-year deal worth £48million and a deal is in place for the Portugese to take over at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
United are running out of time in their battle to finish in the Premier League top four and trail Arsenal, who are fourth, by four points with five matches remaining. They also face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday.
The likelihood is that Van Gaal will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, one year before his contract expires, although there is a possibility he will be sacked at the point the club are no longer in contention for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Ex-manager David Moyes was axed two years ago when United were no longer mathematically capable of qualifying for Europe’s premier competition the following season.