Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Mourinho hopeful World Cup stars can face Leicester

Mourinho hopeful World Cup stars can face Leicester

Courtois' replacement at Stamford Bridge is Kepa Arrizabalaga, who became the most expensive goalkeeper in history when Chelsea paid his €80m release clause at Athletic Bilbao, but reports United are ready to make Leicester City's Harry Maguire the world's costliest defender now seem unlikely to come to fruition.

The club believe they have delivered over the course of the last two windows on the agreed targets with around £73m invested this window in Fred, Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant, as well £35m for Alexis Sanchez in January. It is a squad littered with exceptional talent, including David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, World Cup victor Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. "We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that", he said. United said they were happy to be kept informed.

The future of Manchester United and French worldwide midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford remains a mystery as the transfer window slowly begins to close as conflicting reports continue to surface.

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 defense.

Manchester United begins its season off on the right foot, with World Cup-winner Paul Pogba scoring alongside Romelu Lukaku.

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

Although they are in the market for a centre-back, the Red Devils now appear to have withdrawn from the race. I'm sure United would've known of him, certainly Mourinho I imagine would have known of him as well.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie". He said on Thursday that some of Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester.

"When you repeat 1000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, a lie repeated 1000 times is still a lie". I like my players and my group.

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