Jose Mourinho furious over centre-back hunt

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And his next comment has already led to backlash from Manchester United fans on social media after Mourinho said finishing behind City wasn't such a bad thing....

But, although the Argentinian on Thursday conceded the transfer window would probably close without a fresh face arriving, he was adamant it was still a good period for his team.

Leicester's steadfast refusal to sell Harry Maguire scuppered any move for the England star, while Press Association Sport understands Bayern Munich did not want to allow Jerome Boateng to head to Old Trafford on loan.

Boss Jose Mourinho is not expecting a deal to go through for any of the quartet, however, with the blame being put exclusively on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's shoulders.

By contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday's kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.

The Three Lions earned rave reviews for what was their best World Cup showing since 1990, with the Spurs striker scoring more than any other player at the tournament. "Mina as well, he went from Brazil to Barcelona, hasn't really had any game time at Barcelona".

Zaha ready hand in transfer request to force Chelsea switch
Williams and Kaikai will both be hoping to remain at Palace and avoid being sent out on loan before Thursday's 5pm transfer deadline.

September always seem to be the month when the Tottenham academy graduate gets off the mark, but once the World Cup had finished, he revealed his desire to change that.

No side since United nine years ago have retained the title with Chelsea twice and Leicester failing to even make the top four in past three seasons.

They brought in established European players including Jean Michaël Seri, André Schürlle, Sergio Rico and Luciano Vietto, as well as young prospects such as Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Alfie Mawson. He isn't convinced by them. "Will it happen? I don't know but we believe we can do it".

I know it was "only" the Community Shield but Chelsea's tracking back and pressing for Sergio Aguero's opening goal was pretty much as bad as it gets, and if that's a sign of things to come this term then I expect Maurizio Sarri to be under huge pressure a lot sooner than he'd ever have expected to be. It's just the late surge of it.

Supporters would certainly be talking differently about their chances next season if they had Kante lining up alongside Nemanja Matic and Fred. Now the 2018-19 season should be the time to get that first piece of silverware of the Jurgen Klopp era, as they have a squad that's locked and loaded. "However, individually the players can improve", Guardiola said during the Sky Sports Premier League launch. "That's just not like this football club".

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