Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Jose Mourinho left frustrated as Manchester United fail to land centre-back

Jose Mourinho left frustrated as Manchester United fail to land centre-back

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is relaxed about his team being Premier League title favourites once again.

Instead, Mourinho was left empty-handed from the final days of the window despite warning that the Red Devils face a hard season by not delivering his targets in the transfer market. The 23-year-old Mina, a Colombia defender, cost 31 million euros ($36 million), while 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Gomes moved to Goodison Park on a season-long loan.

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.

In an abbreviated trading period when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than £1.2 billion, there was one anomaly by the close of business on Thursday: For the first time since the summer transfer window was introduced 15 years ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham Hotspur.

City will make late checks on Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy after they picked up knocks during the Community Shield win over Chelsea last weekend but both players are expected to be passed fit.

But Mourinho accepted early on Thursday he was unlikely to get his wish.

Leicester were the highest earners from player sales with 60 million euros generated from the sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, followed by Newcastle with 44 million euros and Watford with 40 million euros.

Liverpool - The Champions League finalist arguably had the best transfer window of any Premier League club - it certainly spent the most.

The Napoli playmaker was already linked to join the Premier League champions after an agreement had been reached by the club and the player, but only for the Brazilian to join Chelsea alongside Chelsea new manager, Maurizio Sarri as part of a deal. That style of play seems to have slightly faded and having been consistently been on the defence against Leicester may be enough of a shock to bring back this style of play.As deadline day approached, rumours constantly circulated about Mourinho's attempts to bring in a star central defender.

Wolves' impressive summer of dealing on their return to the top flight continued by signing versatile Belgian worldwide Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.

Injury-plagued Ings, who has agreed a four-year contract, returns to his hometown club, who originally released him aged 10 because he was too small.

The promoted west Londoners also sealed permanent deals for Marseille's Cameroon worldwide Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Bristol City defender Joe Bryan.

Sergio Rico is a smart goalkeeping capture from Sevilla; while Timothy Fosu-Mensah, on loan from Manchester United, will be all the better for his season at Crystal Palace last term.

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