Jose Mourinho has made his fair share of transfer cock ups.
The Portuguese signed Jiri Jarosik (remember him?), Steve Sidwell and Andriy Shevchenko during his Chelsea spell, but he might be fearing one of his latest captures is threatening to join that list of utter failures.
Mourinho is unsure about £30m signing Eric Bailly, who signed for Manchester United from Villarreal shortly before he officially took charge of the Red Devils.
The warning signs came earlier this month, when Mourinho said:
So is Eric ready to come here and start performing from day one? I don’t know.
It’s a question mark, my job is to delete the question mark as soon as possible, and to make him a player with stature, brain and personality to play for Manchester United.
With uncertainties about Bailly already appearing, Mourinho is planning another dip into the transfer market, with John Stones top of his wish list.
The Everton defender has long been a target of Jose’s, after the former Real Madrid boss pursued him while he was Chelsea manager last season.
A fee of around £50m would be needed to prise the 22-year-old from Goodison Park, but the Toffees would let him go for such a figure, as they push for a top four place next season.
And considering there’s always been doubts about whether or not the former Barnsley man can actually defend, it may be time to let him go.
Mourinho has already informed Chris Smalling and Phil Jones that they would be his first choice partnership at the start of the new season, with Bailly and Marcos Rojo as cover.
The United boss has always built his teams on a solid defence, so his lack of faith in Bailly is likely an indication that they’ve signed a dud.
And with £50m the price to correct that mistake, Mourinho’s time at United is becoming ridiculously expensive.