Transfer: Manchester United finally 'agrees' personal terms with Tottenham midfielder

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We assess the challenges facing Jose Mourinho as Manchester United prepare for the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday to replace Belgian worldwide Thibaut Courtois, who has joined European champions Real Madrid.

Manchester United fans are absolutely furious with the club's hierarchy following the end of the summer transfer window.

Mourinho revealed he will be without six senior players for the game against Leicester.

Meanwhile, sources also said Harry Maguire is "intrigued" by United's interest but hope of agreeing a deal with Leicester is fading.

"People ask "can you improve on 100 points" and I say no because we are not here to do that".

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As United dither, Liverpool have emerged as second favourites for the title behind City after splashing over £170 million ($220 million) on goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Portuguese coach has clearly been disappointed by the club's close-season spending and has rued the fact that, like other top-flight clubs, many of his squad have had minimal preparation having had time off to recover from the World Cup.

Wolves have then drafted in Atletico Madrid left-back Jonny and Benfica striker Raul Jimenez on season-long loan deals, while taking advantage of Sporting CP's situation by snapping up Rui Patricio on a free transfer. "I am pretty sure that every one of the managers would love to have, let's say, one more week before the Premier League starts, but it is what it is and we have to face the reality".

Barcelona's Yerry Mina was linked with a switch to Old Trafford but financial demands from agents have ruled out any swoop for the 23-year-old, who impressed for Colombia during the World Cup, with Everton now favourites to sign him.

Last year, EFL clubs voted to bring the closure of the window in-line with that of Premier League clubs - meaning that the transfer window closed at 5pm on August 9. 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.

Wolves could also build on an impressive summer of dealing on their return to the top flight with a deal for Belgian worldwide Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.