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Mourinho's squad should be boosted by the return of World Cup victor Paul Pogba, who arrived back at Carrington on Monday, and Anthony Martial, who did not travel to Munich for the friendly against Bayern after leaving the USA tour and missing more than a week of training to attend the birth of his son in Paris.

Victor Wanyama has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury that's hampered him since last season by working in the gym this week but the Kenyan global won't be available this weekend. "To keep our best players was our objective and we have achieved that", Pochettino said.

However, clubs in the Premier League can still still sell players or send them out on loan to non-Premier League clubs. "However, individually the players can improve", Guardiola said during the Sky Sports Premier League launch. He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.

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"I think Man United are a little bit desperate at this present moment which is not like them and not like Mourinho".

By contrast, Liverpool are well-placed to hit the ground running ahead of Sunday's kick-off at home to West Ham as Virgil van Dijk, Keita and Fabinho missed out on the World Cup, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bowed out at the group stage with Egypt and Senegal.

Unlike in England, the window for the rest of Europe's leading leagues doesn't close until later in August, meaning Premier League clubs have faced even more inflated prices when buying from the continent.

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Five players have gone out on loan already this window, gaining valuable minutes.

Kane played 47 times during the 2017/18 campaign and netted an incredible 41 goals which made him only the fourth Spurs player to score on more than 40 occasions during a single campaign.

Both Mourinho and the club had earmarked Real Madrid star Raphael Varane as their ultimate target - and were prepared to break the transfer record to sign him with a £100m offer. "They just have to play - it doesn't matter if that team plays to be promoted, plays to not be relegated, plays in England, plays outside England - they have to play and that's the most important thing, because for playing bits, playing minutes, to be on the bench, to be a squad player, they can be here".

"Nothing special. Now it's serious stuff".

"When you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie - and repeated 1,000 times it is still a lie".

"Eventually Axel said: "Do me a favour and finish it as quickly as possible because I really want to go to Dortmund".

Unai Emery has enjoyed the luxury of having most of his squad available for pre-season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette forming a fearsome front four.

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