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

Christian Benteke

United boss Jose Mourinho has been interested in signing Alderweireld from Tottenham since last summer and the 29-year-old was reportedly ready to reject all other clubs in order to join the Red Devils.

Manchester United have offered only €25m to Bayern Munich for Jerome Boateng, placing the Red Devils hugely off the German champions' asking price.

Mourinho also suggested he had not been given enough credit for guiding United to a runners-up finish in the Premier League last season, as he again suggested the negativity around the club was misplaced.

"I am still expecting them to be very strong this season, and I actually think that, along with Liverpool, they will be a lot closer to Manchester City this time". You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that.

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The red half of Manchester have had a odd transfer window so far.

United have so far signed three players this summer - Brazil midfielder Fred for £47m, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant. 'When I listen, when I read, it's hard to believe we finished second because you are capable of making people who finish second (sound like we) were relegated. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane. It is hard for me to understand we finish second. "The list of injured players is an important list and, after training, I will speak with that group of [World Cup] players because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how they feel they are and to understand how they can help or not help".

"The manager is obviously not happy about the signings he hasn't been able to make and not having certain players available on their pre-season tour, which isn't nice to hear if you are a young kid trying to make your mark on the fringes of the squad. It's time just to say "tomorrow we have a Premier League match" and we have to play to win it".

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