Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

  • Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

Deadline day round-up: Kovacic in at Chelsea, all quiet at Manchester United

The Red Devils finished as runners up in the Premier League last season after Manchester United placed above Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Arsenal. The team has World Cup victor Paul Pogba leading the midfield, and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku manning the attack with Alexis Sanchez.

They also say that he has NOT demanded the same wage of Sanchez, who is the club's top earner.

The United boss is facing a barrage of criticism after a miserable end to the transfer window.

However, the Red Devils are believed to have informed the La Liga giants that they aren't desirous to strike Pogba off their books.

Manchester United discussed a £100m bid for Raphael Varane late on in the transfer window, but ultimately failed to bring in a new defender for Jose Mourinho. At United we have to sign big players with experience.

How Mourinho reacts from now will be dictated to some extent by results, but the key objectives at the turn of the year have all been fulfilled as far as the club are concerned.

Despite reports of late moves for Diego Godín and Jérôme Boateng, Jose Mourinho did not get his much-coveted centre-back and will instead have to do make with the same familiar faces as last season.

Throughout the window Mourinho made his displeasure at the lack of business obvious: "My CEO what I want for quite a long time, he knows what I want". I'd prefer to look to the bench and to have them rather than to have 16-year-old boys without experience and without the power to be Premier League player directly. It gives us a couple of weeks to recover people and to prepare people better and to focus on the players that are available, so I'm not even thinking about that list of players I gave you - Matic, Valencia and so on.

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same".

The Portuguese went some way to countering suggestions he is unhappy with his squad at his pre-match press conference.

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

"I have my players and I like my players", Mourinho said.