Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

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The Red Devils have signed Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazil global Fred, FC Porto teenager Diogo Dalot and experienced Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant this summer. United said they were happy to be kept informed.

"[The United board's] vision of team-building is considerably different and that is why Woodward is against selling players such as Martial, Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw when they could conceivably be an asset to the club for many years".

Former Scottish worldwide Craig Burley raised the possibility that the club board were trying to push the Portuguese coach out of Old Trafford by "trying to make his life as miserable as possible". Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is Mourinho's first choice, but has reportedly phoned the Portuguese coach to tell him he won't be joining. There was no offer made for Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham.

The signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk to give energy to the midfield was a long-term project, with serious negotiations starting back in February.

And now it has emerged Varane was also spoken about in the corridors of power at United.

The club did not consider any other centre-back on Jose Mourinho's wishlist of a similar value. Both the teams will be looking to start their Premier League campaign with a victory as they face off today in the inaugural match.

"But it's the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it's the same".

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"If they feel they can help us, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour".

The Frenchman - who played at Old Trafford for five years - posted a video on Instagram in which he said: "This weekend the Premier League starts and we play our first game". You have to try your best to get points and even with the difficulties that we had with our pre-season, now I don't think is the time to be speaking about that.

Mourinho was left frustrated in his attempts to bolster United's squad ahead of the season, as the club failed to bring in a central defender, with a late bid for Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin proving fruitless.

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good additions to the squad".

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie".

"In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now".

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