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Four clubs spend 40% of Premier League's £1.2bn outlay

Four clubs spend 40% of Premier League's £1.2bn outlay”

Not enough money has been spent, says the Portuguese, who has seen three players added to his squad over the summer - Brazil midfielder Fred for $60 million, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot ($24 million) and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant ($2 million).

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.

Although there has been speculation about a deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, there has been no offer from United while Leicester remain determined to retain England worldwide Harry Maguire, who has four years left on his contract.

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

Both clubs finished below United last season in the Premier League yet Mourinho claims they are projected as "serial winners" despite failing to land a trophy since 2012 and 2008 respectively.

He said that he believes Liverpool will finish ahead of Manchester United in second place and Tottenham Hotspur will finish fourth despite a summer in which Mauricio Pochettino's team did not spend a penny in the transfer market.

"It is hard to believe that we finished second".

Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Dalot, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic will all be unavailable for Friday's opener against Leicester.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

"Because it is very important how they feel and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all came back early from their own extended breaks but Mourinho sounded downbeat again when he was asked about the new season.

"The target is Leicester match and the tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button", he said. I repeat: "pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, as simple as that". I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.



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