Manchester United are reportedly not following up their interest in Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.
The Red Devils had drawn up a three-man striker shortlist as they look to ease the goalscoring burden on Romelu Lukaku, with Vardy joined by Alexis Sanchez and Javier Hernandez.
But according to the Leicester Mercury, Vardy looks set to stay at the King Power Stadium, with the Red Devils set to pursue other targets.
Manchester United’s main efforts now will go into landing wantaway Arsenal man Sanchez, with the club boosted by reports that rivals Manchester City are not willing to increase their £20million bid.
Mourinho responds to United’s links to “phenomenal” Alexis Sanchez
Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out a move for Alexis Sanchez – describing the Arsenal star as a “phenomenal” player.
Manchester United have launched an audacious bid for Sanchez, in a bid to snatch the 29-year-old forward from under the noses of local rivals Manchester City.
Mourinho tried to tread a diplomatic path around the subject of Sanchez, but said there are “some players in the football word” you have to try to sign if clubs have the chance.
“I don’t know if it’s ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs,” said Mourinho.
“If somebody speaks about one of my players to say they are interested or not interested, I wouldn’t be very very happy.
“Sanchez is an Arsenal player. I don’t know but, probably this weekend, he’s going to defend Arsenal colours, so I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez.
“At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board, the owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market.
“We don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just doing something – we don’t believe in that.
Mourinho hails trip to Dubai a huge success
Jose Mourinho branded Manchester United’s winter sun escape to Dubai a raging success after a festive period to forget.
United’s busy schedule over Christmas and New Year saw then ousted from the Carabao Cup by Championship side Bristol City and held to three draws in the Premier League against Leictester, Burnley and Southampton.
Two wins against Everton and in the FA Cup against Derby boosted spirits before the squad jetted to the United Arab Emirates to make the most of a 10-day gap in fixtures.
“It was very good,” said Mourinho after landing back in Manchester.