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Mourinho frustrated as Premier League clubs race to beat new deadline

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does not expect to add to his squad as the closes today, despite warning a difficult season lies ahead for the English giants without further recruits.

For the first time the deadline has been moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United host City tomorrow.

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.

Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a with an 80-million euro (?71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's yesterday to replace Belgian international Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champions Real Madrid.

As part of that deal, Croatia has also joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

However, there has been little other late movement from the top six clubs with Mourinho in particular frustrated at missing out on a host of targets to bolster his options in central defence.

Harry Maguire, who could face United for on Friday, Bayern Munich's and of Tottenham were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's emerged as a late target on Thursday. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal.

"The information I have is no," said Mourinho when asked if he would be adding to his squad.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed."

- steal a march -


Mourinho has been further irked by seeing rivals steal a march on United to emerge as the second favourites for the title behind Manchester City thanks to a more than ?170 million splurge on new signings.

However, did their business early and are not expected to be busy on deadline day after recruiting Brazilian international Alisson Becker for a short-lived world record 72.5 million euro fee for a and midfielders Fabinho, and

Despite slashing a club record ?60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a uieter window after spending over ?200 million last summer on assembling a squad that smashed a host of Premier League records in romping towards the title.

Australian teenager joined the English champions from sister on Thursday but is expected to be sent on loan to Celtic.

Tottenham Hotspur boss has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer.

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

"If you compare with Europe, you are at a complete disadvantage and it does not help the clubs in the Premier League," Pochettino said on Spurs' tour of the

"It's not going to help the Premier League clubs because we're going to compete in and in but have 20 days less." So far Tottenham's interest in has been rebuffed with the holding out for a reported fee in excess of ?30 million.

Elsewhere, Everton are hopeful of tying up a deal for centre-back Yerry Mina, who scored three times for at

Wolves could also build on an impressive summer of dealing on their return to the top flight with a deal for Belgian international Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:40 IST