There are various reports out that if Jose Mourinho has still been the Manchester United manager he may have tried to sign Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Jose wanted a commanding center-back for the Red Devils side and Jamaal was one of the central defenders he seemed to rate.
But with Jose being fired by the Red Devils on December 18th he didn’t go after Jamaal last month.
But a commanding center-back is still the number on transfer target this summer for the Old Trafford club.
The former Nottingham Forest player signed a new improved deal in November that keeps the Newcastle captain at the club until 2024.
Jamaal Lascelles and Rafa Benitez on November 1st last year
Jamaal signed a six year extension to his contract
The initial report is in ESPN and while Jamaal had an indifferent start to the season he now seems to be in top form when it really matters.
The other central defenders said to be interesting Mourinho at the time were Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin, Colombia international Yerry Mina, and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.
Rafa Benitez appointed a young 22-year-old Lascelles captain of the club in the summer of 2016 and since then he’s been an excellent captain.
Rafa seems to have complete confidence in the player and expects him to keep improving under his guidance.
Jamaal has played 127 times for Newcastle with 8 goals and 3 assists and this season he has played 22 times in the Premier League.
Wonder how much Jamaal would bring in the transfer market – not that Rafa will be selling him any time soon.