Jose Mourinho has given his clearest indication yet that Manchester United are unlikely to sign new players during this month's transfer window by stating that the club will be 'sellers and not buyers' in the next few weeks. 

Reports have suggested that the Red Devils were close to agreeing terms with Benfica for their centre-back Victor Lindelof, but as the trail regarding that particular story goes cold, it would appear that it will be a quiet January for Mourinho when it comes to spending. 

Instead, it would appear that United are keen to cash in on a number of players who are looking to leave the club this month, thus raising money for another spending spree in the summer. 

Mourinho recently told Sport TV (as quoted by ​Football365): “I am convinced that in this winter market we will be sellers and not buyers." 

With Morgan Schneiderlin closing in on a £22m move to Everton, want-away winger Memphis Depay is also expected to leave Old Trafford in the coming weeks, with a move to Goodison Park understood to also be a possibility for the Dutchman, who has seen his career come to a grinding halt in Manchester. 

A month of selling would at least help United recoup some of the £145m they spent last summer, where they signed the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly. 

But whilst fans are unlikely to see many new faces arrive in January, they can at least look forward to another summer of heavy spending, after Mourinho hinted that he will be looking to spend big at the end of the season.

The Portuguese added: “We want to raise pounds to attack in the summer, as we did this year by signing four players.”