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Everton complete Mina move as Man Utd miss out on quiet deadline day

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Everton secured the services of Colombian star from on an unusually quiet deadline day in the as Manchester United failed to satisfy Jose Mourinho's desire to sign a centre-back.

For the first time the deadline was moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United host City on Friday.

Unlike in England, the window for the rest of Europe's leading leagues doesn't close until later in August, meaning clubs have faced even more inflated prices when buying from the continent.

Yet, an expected deluge of deadline day deals failed to materialise with Everton the most active after also sealing a season-long loan deal for from and the capture of Brazilian on a free transfer.

Mina scored three times in three games in Russia, including against Everton's England with a dramatic stoppage time header to send their last 16 tie to extra-time.

Yet Mina failed to impress in making just six appearances for Barca after joining from Palmeiras in January and the Catalan giants were keen to cash in on the 23-year-old, who cost just 11.8 million euros seven months ago.

After Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a with an 80-million euro (?71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga, there was little late movement from the top six clubs with Mourinho in particular frustrated at missing out on a host of targets to bolster his defence.

Harry Maguire, who could face United for on Friday, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, of Tottenham and Mina were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's emerged as a late target on Thursday.

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

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look like the big winners of the window as they have emerged as second favourites for the title behind champions Manchester City after doing their business early in splashing over ?170 million on Brazilian and midfielders Fabinho, and

Despite slashing a club record ?60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a quiet window.

Australian teenager joined the English champions from sister on Thursday will be sent out on loan to Celtic. Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League side since the summer window was introduced in 2003 to not make a single signing.

But insisted he is happy with his squad after tying down the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min to new contracts.

"We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that," he said.

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

West Ham signed Spanish striker from Arsenal and Colombian to complete a near ?100 million summer spend.

Fulham signed goalkeeper on a season-long loan deal.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 22:40 IST
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