Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

TAB: Punters Guide to matchday one of the English Premier League

TAB: Punters Guide to matchday one of the English Premier League

"Harry's very disappointed about his World Cup", Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

Last season's Premier League runners-up have stuttered in the market this summer, having so far only signed Brazil midfielder Fred, promising full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Manchester United have offered to pay just £22.3m for Arsenal target Jerome Boateng because the defender is demanding a huge £12.5m-a-year contract, according to the Sun.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second when I listen, when I read, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated", he said.

Toby Alderweireld remains another option, largely because Tottenham have made it clear they are willing to sell.

In the 29-year-German global, Jose Mourinho would have an experienced head who can provide a boost in European competitions while also being a leader who the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof could look up to. Furthermore, reports have also claimed that the 29-year-old chose to continue with the Bavarians as he feels Manchester United "are not among the contenders to lift the [Champions League] trophy". Manchester United's chief executive Ed Woodward is reportedly against the idea of letting the 25-year-old leave the club, irrespective of his troublesome relationship with Mourinho. I just don't know, if I was an owner, I'm thinking, 'Well you've had a lot of money on these players, you don't fancy them.

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The midfielder, who shone as France won the World Cup in Russian Federation last month, is reported to have told his team-mates he is desperate to leave for Spain. He is supposed to improve United's midfield, playing most probably alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba - when the former of the two is fit.

As well as Pogba, the United hierarchy are also understood to be keen to keep unsettled forward Anthony Martial, despite well-documented tension between him and Mourinho.

The Foxes, though, are in advanced talks to sign two centre-backs - Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb and Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg - at a combined cost of about £35m.

The Red Devils boss has Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo at his disposal but the centre-halves have all struggled with issues over their form and injuries.

With the Premier League's transfer window closing on Thursday (Aug 9), the top title contenders have completed their squad building until January. But he will be there to fill the numbers, as Joel Pereira left.

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