Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

Boateng trained with Bayern Munich on Thursday, with Paris Saint-Germain now touted as the front-runners for his signature - a deal that can, of course, be done later in the month after the Premier League bows out of the market as a buying power. The 22-year-old made 38 appearances for United last season but only 22 were starts and he was often switched from wing to wing before being replaced in matches.

Manchester United reportedly wanted to sign Rafael Varane.

"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 United States.

Lucas Perez is the latest arrival of a productive transfer window at West Ham, the striker joining from Arsenal on a three-year deal for a reported initial fee of £4m.

The next and final conversation was the intermediary telling United that Godin had signed a new contract.

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.

Mourinho has his detractors, plenty of them present in the United support, but while they would have voiced their reservations over signings like Toby Alderweireld or Willian because of their age, they would have also accepted the players were a big upgrade on what they now had. Clubs from other leagues are also free to bid for Premier League players.

"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, a lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie".

Despite keeping hold of the Frenchman, Mourinho was far from impressed with United's transfer business in the summer.

"I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match".

"But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group. There is something going on behind the scenes and I don't think Woodward is helping Mourinho as much as we really think". It depends on the music, but words for me don't come easy.

"If he goes the opposite way and things don't go well and he keeps moaning and groaning, I would be disappointed if they didn't just pull the rug from under his feet and say, "this isn't looking good, we've had enough of you, get out of here".

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