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Chelsea paid a world record transfer fee for 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga

City won the league by 19 points, finishing with record goals and wins in the process.

Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge. It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

"I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches".

United's all-time leading goalscorer told Sky Sports: "I think it will be hard after the season they had past year".

"Equally, it appears to have removed the element of panic-buying, whereby a club may have a poor start to the season and think "we've got to go out and spend to safeguard our future in the Premier League".

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season.

United had been hoping to sign a centre-back before the deadline but hope has faded in recent days.


Those issues have provided an unwelcome backdrop to a hard pre-season, United's makeshift side having suffered defeats to Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Millions of dollars have been spent, mind games have already begun and fan optimism is at its peak which can only mean one thing - the English Premier League is about to raise the curtain on another campaign which promises to be full of intrigue.

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will all be unavailable for Friday's opener against Leicester. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

"And it is sometimes hard to believe, that I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling that the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game".

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