Manchester United prepared to pay £100m for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane?

Lewis Collier
August 11, 2018

The Red Devils were the closest challengers to record-breaking rivals Manchester City in 2017-18, but still finished some 19 points off the pace.

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A man now on the books of MLS side D.C. United said: "I am sure Jose (Mourinho) has been getting the team right". It is time for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.

"We have only seen him when he has appeared in front of the TV cameras this summer and heard what he has told the media, and I suspect he will behave very differently on the training ground with his players".

Arsenal are the first Premier League opponents for defending champions, Manchester City, yet after a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market Pep Guardiola has admitted the club simply didn't have much money to spend. "That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".

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And it looks likely that Everton will add one more with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma now in negotiations over a move. However after the initial loan Southampton will have an obligation to buy the Englishman for £20 million.

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Sergio Romero, Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Matic are all injured for Leicester's visit, while Mourinho needs to check on the fitness of those that returned late from the World Cup. "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

"My view is that first of all it is hard for me to believe that we finished second when I listen, when I read - not much but sometimes I do", the United boss said.

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

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