Mourinho targets £50million duo as his first two Manchester United signings - sources
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to sign Inter Milan duo Mauro Icardi and Joao Miranda this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Portugese, who is set to be installed at Old Traffard at the end of the season, is a big admirer of Argentina striker Icardi and Brazil centre-back Miranda.
Mourinho was at the San Siro on Saturday night to watch his former club in action against Sampdoria, and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that the Inter duo are on his radar.
Inter president Erick Thohir has insisted in an interview with Sky Italia that the Italian giants will not sell Icardi in the summer because “he’s part of our project”.
But Inter will almost certainly have to cash in on one of their prize assets if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. They are currently in fifth place, four points adrift of third position.
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Icardi, 23, is rated in the £35million bracket due to his goalscoring exploits in Serie A. He has scored 11 goals in 23 league matches this season, and 47 in 95 matches in all competitions for Inter since his 2013 transfer from Sampdoria.
Icardi impressed Mourinho last Saturday, scoring one of Inter’s goals in their 3-1 win over Sampdoria.
Miranda joined Inter from Atletico Madrid last summer on a two-year loan and has been a mainstay of the Italian club’s defence this season.
The experienced defender, who was a key figure in Atletico’s 2014 La Liga triumph, has won 27 caps for Brazil and is highly regarded by Mourinho.