Mourinho Hesistant to Request Final Piece on the Market

José Mourinho would like to add a center-back, but he’s aware the management has already pulled off plenty of moves in the market while operating amid financial restrictions. The Special One offered his remarks after romping Monza (via SportMediaset).

“Honestly, without Georginio Wijnaldum’s injury and the arrival of Mady Camara, I think we should have signed a defender. It’s the same thing that happened last season, when Leonardo Spinazzola got hurt and we focused on replacing him.”

“I don’t have the courage to put pressure on the director or ownership. I don’t expect everything. Their work has been fantastic. It looks like the Financial Fair Play is valid just for us and not everybody else.”

Mourinho praised the brass for what they accomplished in the summer transfer market window.

“They have been extraordinary, we invested just €7M but acquired top-level players through free agent signings, loans and whatnot. They know we need another man in the back, but I can’t make demands. I am compensated to find solutions. We invented Nicola Zalewski as a fullback last season, maybe we will do something similar. Maybe Matias Vina or Rick Karsdorp can adapt to such position. We’ll take it day by day.”

Roma had long been linked to Eric Bailly, but he transferred to Olympique Marseille instead. They have also touched base with Dan-Axel Zagadou, who could potentially join after deadline day since he’s without a team. Abdou Diallo was recently tipped as the most likely option, but they aren’t currently in talks with PSG. As per Ansa, the Giallorossi could emerge as a surprising destination for Francesco Acerbi if his Inter move collapsed. Backup Marash Kumbulla suffered an apparent thigh injury Tuesday.

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