Manchester United Transfer Plans: Right-Footed Players Need Not Apply

Jose Mourinho is planning a summer spending spree with four left-footed players at the top of his wishlist at Manchester United, according to reports.

Antoine Griezmann, Gareth Bale, Mesut Ozil and Danny Rose are all on Mourinho's radar as he looks to bolster United and balance his team, according to the Manchester Evening Post.

All four players have been linked with a move to Old Trafford over the past few seasons. Griezmann was expected to make the move to United in the summer but ended up remaining at Atletico Madrid after a transfer ban was imposed on Diego Simeone's team.

United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton instead, paying £75 million for the Everton striker who scored 11 goals in his first 10 games for the team. The Belgian has now hit the net just once in his last 10 games.

United was interested in Bale long before Mourinho, ever since he left Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. The Welshman opted for Real Madrid, becoming the most expensive footballer in the world at the time, but the Portuguese is also a fan of the forward.

Bale seems to have fallen out of favor in Spain and has scored just three goals for Zinedine Zidane's team so far this season. But the 28-year-old's agent, Jonathan Barnett, quashed rumors of a move earlier this week.

"He wants to play the rest of his life at Real Madrid," Barnett told Fichajes.

"He loves Madrid, the city, life and he loves the club. Of course it hurts him when the people don't support him and they do with other players who aren't so good."

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, November 25. Mourinho is preparing to bolster Manchester United's squad even more over the next year. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty

Ozil and Rose are the two most recent players linked with Mourinho and United. German midfielder Ozil has already had experience of playing under Mourinho, with the two winning the La Liga title together at Real Madrid in 2012.

Arsene Wenger insists Ozil won't be leaving Arsenal in January, but the playmaker's contract expires at the end of this season which risks him joining United for free in the summer.

Speaking about Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, whose contract also finishes at the end of the season, Wenger said: "As long as they are here, they give their best for the club.

"In my head, they stay until the end of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens I don't see that changing."

And that leaves Rose. The left-back position is the one Mourinho is most in need of filling, as midfielders Ashley Young and Daley Blind have shared the position with right-footed Matteo Darmian.

Rose, 27, caused controversy in the summer when he did an interview in which he suggested he could leave Tottenham for more money and to win trophies. "Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don't want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal," Rose told The Sun.

"I'm not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I'd have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club."