EVERTON showed Manchester United how to land their transfer targets with three big-name signings yesterday, while Jose Mourinho was left empty-handed on deadline day.
The Toffees captured one of United’s targets — Colombian defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona — as well as Portugal winger Andre Gomes from the same club and Brazilian winger Bernard who previously played for Shakhtar Donetsk.
Manager Marco Silva was also expected to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan as he supplements an £80million summer spending spree at Goodison Park.
In stark contrast, and as he feared, United boss Mourinho was unable to land the central defender he craves and could come face to face with his prime target Harry Maguire when the Reds host Leicester in tonight’s Premier League curtain-raiser.
‘I am not confident,’ Mourinho (below) said of United’s chance of new signings yesterday morning. ‘It’s time, at least for me, to stop thinking about the market.
‘So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to these first couple of matches. I focus on just what we have, and we go with everything we have to the first match.’ In addition to holding on to 25-year-old Maguire, Leicester supplemented their squad with two more defenders — Filip Bekovic and Caglar Soyuncu.
Newly-promoted Fulham brought in five new players, including Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa for a club-record £30m. They also bought in left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City, plus three players on loan — goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
However, Tottenham have become the first Premier League club not to sign a player since transfer windows were introduced in 2003, with their primary target Jack Grealish remaining an Aston Villa player.