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As it stands, Alderweireld and Maguire are considered too expensive, while Bayern Munich have knocked back a loan move for Boateng.

For others, however, the final hours of the window proved to be frantic, including Everton's late surge, Fulham and Wolves' remarkable activity and Man United's desperate search for a centre-back.

Ivan Perisic, the Croatia global, also featured prominently on Mourinho's wish list but it now seems that United's summer transfer business will be restricted to the arrivals of Fred, the injured Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, signed from Stoke City as a third-choice goalkeeper.

For the City players meanwhile, the focus is all about Sunday's trip to the Emirates Stadium as the season properly kicks into gear.

The Citizens are looking to retain their top-flight crown under Pep Guardiola after the Spanish head coach got his hands on his first Premier League trophy last season.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

English actor, television host and comedian Corden is a well-known West Ham fan, and the Englishman has praised the Premier League club's board on Twitter for investing in the squad. "[Sergio] Romero, [Antonio] Valencia, Marcos Rojo, [Diogo] Dalot, Ander Herrera, [Nemanja] Matic [are injured] and I think that's it". I do think they have one over on City. We go with everything we have in that first match.

"They returned on Monday", he said.

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.

Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season.

The Portuguese believes runners-up are often portrayed as if they have been relegated and those who finish below them are presented as "serial winners".

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

Mourinho has won three Premier League titles with Chelsea and two Champions League trophies as Porto and Inter Milan manager.

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