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United to Mourinho: You must sell before you buy

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The Manchester United board is set to tell manager Jose Mourinho that he must sell players before buying in the January transfer window in order to control costs, according to Simon Stone of the BBC.

The Portuguese coach has spent £285m on first-team signings since joining the club in May 2016.

United’s wage bill has risen by 13.5% to £263.5m since Mourinho’s arrival, according to the most result financial reports which were released in September of this year.

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Although sixteen players have left the club under the former Chelsea manager’s watch, only the sales of winger Memphis Depay to Lyon for £16m and Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton for £24m have generated significant transfer income for the club. High-earners Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney have also left the club, thus freeing up some of the wage bill.

With the contracts of several first-team players including Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, and Ander Herrera set to expire next summer, Mourinho will have some tough decisions to make in the new year regarding who he keeps and who he moves on.

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