Manchester United prepared to pay £100m for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane?

Manchester United prepared to pay £100m for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane?

"This is the first time it wasn't like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year". I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen effect of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.

Asked whether he he believed there would be any movement in or out of Old Trafford on deadline day, Mourinho replied: "The information I have is no".

Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline.

This comes after an unprecedented summer spend in 2017 saw the former Barcelona coach totally restructure his team, turning them into Premier League winners.

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Guardiola says key players Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both available to face Arsenal on Sunday, after returning to training on Monday following their respective runs to the World Cup semi-finals with Belgium and England.

Sticking with the narrative that his squad depth was not enough given the number of players who needed a post-World Cup vacation, Mourinho applauded his short-handed Red Devils. "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it". Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.

Mourinho did confirm that Alexis Sanchez, who was a highlight for United over pre-season, is fit and firing though.

"It is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

"But I keep saying and thinking and feeling that the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

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