Fulham have completed a triple loan move to land Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico and Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto on transfer deadline day.
Fosu-Mensah, 20, signed a season-long loan deal at Craven Cottage after spending the last campaign at Crystal Palace. Newly promoted Fulham beat competition from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for his services, sources told ESPN FC.
The Netherlands international, who has made 21 senior appearances for United since his debut under Louis van Gaal in 2016, played 24 games for Palace last season.
“A good loan is a loan to play,” Mourinho told MUTV on Thursday morning. “They just have to play — it doesn’t matter if that team plays to be promoted, plays to not be relegated, plays in England, plays outside England — they have to play and that’s the most important thing, because for playing bits, playing minutes, to be on the bench, to be a squad player, they can be here.”
Rico, also 24, won the Europa League twice with Sevilla and made over La Liga 100 starts for the Spanish club.
Fulham have already signed goalkeeper Fabricio from Besiktas, but the 24-year-old Rico will arguably have the inside track on being their No. 1 this season.
“I’m very happy, really pleased to have signed for the oldest club in the Premier League,” Rico told the club website. “I’m excited to start training, to meet all my teammates and, above all, to enjoy the season that starts this Saturday.”
Argentine striker Vietto, 24, has struggled at Atletico since his €20 million move in 2015, scoring just one La Liga goal in 19 games before similarly disappointing spells at Sevilla and Valencia on loan.
In addition to the loans, Fulham capped off their busy deadline day with a permanent move for left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City in a deal reportedly worth about £6 million.
The biggest reported move is yet to be announced, however, after RMC said Fulham made a €30 million bid to land 22-year-old midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa from Marseille.