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

Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has decided not to join Barcelona as claims of him wanting pay parity with Alexis Sanchez emerge.

And while those players are all now back in training, with Lukaku, Rashford and Jones having returned earlier than scheduled, Mourinho has admitted he will still be without a number of key players against Leicester.

While United and other Premier League teams in England will not be able to bring in players after August 9, they can still sell players to other teams around Europe until August 31.

"No miracles", he told a press conference (via United's official website).

"They identified a target - he didn't really play in the World Cup and had no impact - but they were well prepared and wanting to buy him before then". You can not expect them to be fit. Jamie Vardy is less likely, as Kelechi Iheanacho has been scoring goals aplenty in pre-season. Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are on the injury table, while Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot and Sergio Romero are ruled out too. [Nemanja] Matic - injured in the World Cup and surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. "I like to work with my players, one lie repeated 1000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true", Mourinho said.


"After Spurs there is an worldwide break".

"I said that during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, it looked like I was saying something insane - but I repeat, pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work with".

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players, including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation.

United were asked if they would be interested in signing Atlético Madrid defender Diego Godín, only for the Uruguay captain to sign a new contract with the Spanish club a few days later. I think it is clear what is going on and how we are going to move in the future.

Varane worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid and has gone onto become a multiple time Champions League victor.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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