Why Derby County can still sign players despite transfer deadline closing

How Manchester City lined up in the 2-1 second leg defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final

Jean Michael Seri was a transfer target for Barcelona just 12 months ago, but will now be lining up at Craven Cottage rather than the Camp Nou along with former Nice team-mate Maxime Le Marchand, German World Cup victor Andre Schurrle and Alfie Mawson, who earned an England call-up earlier in the year.

"I think they need to go out of the Champions League pre Christmas to have a good chance of winning the league".

United finished as runners-up last season, 19 points behind Manchester City, and Mourinho has already made it clear that his team needs more players if they are to overhaul their neighbours.

Most people expect Liverpool to finish second but after that the top four seems pretty open with questions about Manchester United, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal.

"The players with a proper pre-season are fit and they are strong".

"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help". The challenge for them is can they repeat that level of energy and that level of focus every three days?




Mourinho sounded pessimistic that he would make any last-minute signings when talking to media on Thursday.

United have endured a hard summer transfer window as they have tried and failed to sign a host of defensive targets, with Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire among the names on their wish-list. This new deadline which closes before the season starts has really ramped up the pressure on these transfers which means we could see a whole host of panic buys as clubs look to add to their squad before the Premier League season starts this weekend.

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Manchester United have a front six of Mata, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Sanchez.

Manchester City are favourites to be the first team since Neville's United to retain the Premier League, with the chasing pack hoping that a renewed focus on the Champions League might lead to City taking their eye off the defence of their title. Obscene. In midfield, they've got Matic, Fred and Pogba.

For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back.

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