Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

Marcus Newton
August 10, 2018

United's summer transfer business was restricted to the arrivals of Brazilian worldwide midfielder Fred, the injured young Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

However, the report suggests that the United hierarchy did not want to pay over the odds for players who did not come with a resale value, nor did they want to focus their attention on anyone who could only hold down places in the team on a short-term basis.

The Chilean worldwide cited Spanish side Barcelona who signed Vidal from Bayern Munich in the close season.

Jose Mourinho confirmed that as many as 10 players are likely to miss the Premier League opener.

"When I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do - it is hard to believe that we finished second", Jose said, "because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing and finish below us look like serial winners". "I like to work with my players, one lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true".

United contacted Atletico Madrid about Diego Godin but it quickly became evident that the move was a no-go, while an official offer was not made for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. We don't have many solutions and want to go with everything we have.

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How will United get on this season?

Another line in the Guardian says "Yet the club have had to balance the manager's wishes, and the permanent battle to keep him happy, by taking into account Mourinho is notorious for wanting short-term measures, rarely stays too long at any club and does not tend to worry about what happens when he leaves".

"I think by the end of November or December, you don't need words - you will see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League". I'm going to enjoy this season.

"They are bigger, they are better and their standards are higher than [just] being in the top four". That's the only thing good enough for them.

Mourinho has been without some of his key players over the past month or so as important members of his squad got an extended break following the World Cup.

However, with Mourinho having signed a new contract at the beginning of the year, the club will be forced to pay a hefty sum to remove him from the Old Trafford dugout.

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