Jose Mourinho told Real Madrid he wanted the club to sign Virgil van Dijk, David De Gea and Harry Kane if he returned to the Santiago Bernabeu as manager, according to reports in Spain.
On Monday, Madrid announced that Zinedine Zidane has been re-appointed as manager but the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez had given serious consideration to Mourinho being granted a second stint in charge.
However, several members of Madrid’s hierarchy were against Mourinho’s arrival, while reports claim that both Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema were not in favour of the Portuguese being brought back to the Bernabeu.
According to El Chiringuito, Mourinho made it clear that he would only return if he was given full control of the team and would be allowed to overhaul the squad during the summer transfer window.
And Mourinho had proposed a four-man shortlist to Madrid’s board which included Van Dijk, De Gea, Kane and his Tottenham teammate Christian Eriksen.
Van Dijk was Mourinho’s top target to improve Madrid’s options in central defence but the Spanish club have already made significant progress in their bid to sign Porto centre-back Eder Militao.