Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea All Ready For Big Signings

Lawrence Kim
August 11, 2018

"I'm not confident", he said.

Premier League clubs have been hindered by the early closure of their transfer window whilst the rest of Europe continues to be active in replenishing their squads, a decision which Guardiola feels needs to be looked at. "The market closes today so there's time at least for me to stop thinking about it".

"I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches".

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.

For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back.

Despite the drop in the gross figure, the net spend by Premier League clubs to this point is a record £865m - inflated by a busy deadline day for the likes of Fulham, with five signings, and Everton whose additions included Barcelona pair Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.

"They returned on Monday", he said. They [Manchester City] have been playing some great football.

"When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, 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".

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

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