The fallout from this week’s Champions League matches could shape Manchester United’s transfer activity in January.
Inter Milan and Napoli were among the teams to drop down into the Europa League and they both have players United are after.
Signings will not be eligible to play for United in the Champions League, but it does make it more likely they and their clubs would consider cashing in, with Europe’s top prize now off the table.
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Inter’s chance to cash in on Ivan Perisic for a top price may have passed, and this is United’s chance to swoop on the Croatian.
He needs a fresh challenge and is a player Mourinho desperately wanted to sign in 2017.
United lack a proper winger like Perisic, who scored in the World Cup final.
Calciomercato reported last month that Inter could consider offers upwards of £31 million.
Kalidou Koulibaly is reported by The Times to be United’s top defensive target.
The problem is Napoli are asking for £90 million for the centre-back.
After watching Phil Jones’ desperate defending this week, United should pay it.
Koulibaly would make a big difference and give Jose Mourinho the strong defensive platform the Red Devils sorely lack.
Another defensive option, Inter Milan defender Skriniar has also seen his Champions League campaign come to an abrupt end.
He was so impressive in the competition this season, twice getting the better of Harry Kane who failed to score in two matches against Inter.
The Slovakian is on United’s radar and was quoted by The Sun earlier this year saying he was keen on playing in the Premier League.