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Former Brazil youth international Willian Jose spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves, but only managed to score once in 17 Premier League appearances, and is expected to be sold by Real Sociedad. Manchester United are chasing a new striker this summer.
A claim from Wolves flop Willian Jose shows that Manchester United transfer chief John Murtough must ensure the club avoid getting into similar situations.
Real Sociedad striker Jose, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves, has made the sensational claim that he was wanted by United and Barcelona in the past.
Jose scored just one goal in 17 Premier League appearances, and failed to make the grade in the English top flight.
Former Brazil youth international Jose had been a regular for Sociedad in La Liga in previous seasons, notching up double figures in his last four seasons prior to the most recent campaign that saw him loaned out to Wolves.
The 29-year-old is expected to be sold this summer after a falling out with the board at Sociedad.
And Jose has slammed the treatment he has received from the club, insisting he has stayed loyal despite interest from United and Barcelona.
“I think they have not treated me well,” Willian Jose told Spanish publication Noticias de Gipuzkoa.
“I expected a little more. When I renewed my contract, I had spoken with Roberto Olabe about there being some interested teams, from the Premier League and also from La Liga.
“I spoke with Roberto, and he told me that if a big team which played in the Champions League came in for me, they would let me go. I stayed calm.
“Then came Barcelona and an offer from Manchester United. I saw that it was an opportunity that I could not miss out on because life is like that. You have to take advantage of opportunities, and I saw that it was the opportunity.
“In the end, things did not go well, and this year they let me go to Wolves.
“I don’t understand why a few months ago they didn’t want to let me go for €23 million and now they have let me go. Football is sometimes difficult to understand.”
For United though, so-called interest shows in recent years shows that the general calibre of player they are trying to recruit has certainly slipped.
The loan signing of Odion Ighalo was nothing short of embarrassing in the end, and Jose’s form at Wolves suggests that could have been a similar story.
If the Red Devils are to challenge for the Premier League title again, United’s director of football Murtough needs to set his sights much higher.
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