Ed Woodward transfer policy
Jose Mourinho has been told by Ed Woodward he can only sign younger players with sell-on value.
Mourinho will be given cash to spend when the transfer window reopens in January after a summer of frustration.
Manchester United missed out on their top targets and the boss has whinged ever since about the lack of activity.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward is willing to put that right in January but they must be players with potential to be worth even more.
One of those is Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, although United will wait to the summer after discovering he has a release clause in his contract.
United have been monitoring the 22-year-old for a while but have become aware that they can get him for £26.5million at the end of the season.
Jordi Alba contract
Defender Jordi Alba has described his contract situation at Barcelona as “strange.”
Alba, 29, has less than 18 months left on his Nou Camp contract that’s set to expire in June 2020 – but he still hasn’t been contacted by Barcelona to discuss an extension.
“I have no news,” Alba said after Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.
“I don’t know what the club think of me and it’s strange because there’s not much more of my contract left.
“My intentions are to finish my career here but we’ll see as I don’t know what their intentions are or when they think it will be convenient to call me.”