Manchester United prepared to pay £100m for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane?

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Mourinho guided Manchester United to their best Premier League finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but the 55-year-old coach has insisted that he wants to sign two more players before the end of the transfer window.

"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".

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

When asked whether he expected to welcome a fresh additions to his United squad, Mourinho offered these comments: "The information I have is no".

"Other teams go up and down, we want to try to win one point more than the others".

Those issues have provided an unwelcome backdrop to a hard pre-season, United's makeshift side having suffered defeats to Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Any deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was a way off on the eve of the deadline and interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been tempered up until now by prohibitive financial demands.

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"Unavailable is Romero - he had a surgery after his injury before the World Cup".

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made slightly early returns so could be involved on Friday, perhaps helping to boost the mood of a manager who has looked downbeat for much of the summer. Valencia - he was injured in pre-season. Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn't make that change.

Mourinho had plenty of praise for Pogba, who is not yet at full fitness following France's World Cup win. '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.

"It will be a hard season for everybody, not just for us".

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