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Jose Mourinho keen on Serie A midfielder should Paul Pogba deal fall through

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Jose Mourinho keen on Serie A midfielder should Paul Pogba deal fall through

The Manchester United manager is interested in signing Roma's midfield playmaker Miralem Pjanic, according to a report.

The Old Trafford outfit were this week linked with a mega-money move for former player Paul Pogba.

However, Jose Mourinho has a back-up plan should he be unable to convince the France star to return to the red side of Manchester.

The Portuguese is interested in capturing the signing of Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Miralem Pjanic

The 26-year-old hit double figures for both goals and assists during the 2015-16 Serie A season, a mark of his productivity.

Netting 10 times while providing 12 assists, Pjanic's creativity could add a much-needed spark to what was a laboured United midfield under Louis van Gaal.

Seven Champions League appearances reaped two goals and a single assist for the Bosnian, who would need to be convinced to take a step down in European competition terms for a season at least.

With a contract at Roma that doesn't expire until 2018, the Red Devils may have to splash the cash with the Italian club in the driving seat with regards to transfer negotiations.

Having failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after they were beaten over two legs by the Republic of Ireland in a tournament playoff, Pjanic would be raring to go when United's players report for pre-season on July 4.

Mourinho is said to be keen on getting the club's summer recruitment done early, having felt the brunt of a slow transfer window for Chelsea last summer.

A deal for enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to be close to completion, with a sit-down between Mourinho and his former charge to take place early next week as the Sweden striker seeks assurances that he won't be a bit-part player should he sign for United.

The Old Trafford club have further been linked with Everton and England centre-half John Stones, as well as a sensational swoop for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.