March 21 2018

Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before season starts

March 21 2018, 12:31 | Sammy Rose

GETTY 14=. Nigeria- 7 including Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho

14=. Nigeria- 7 including Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho

Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion, 1.5 billion euros) on new players during the 2017 close-season window.

"I think we were very clever", said Mourinho.

"But when we close our doors, we close the market for others too".

Lukaku was an instant success on Merseyside, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances and made his move to Goodison Park permanent the following summer, while Mourinho ended up being sacked in December as Chelsea's title defence crumbled. Matic would have been £60 million or £70 million. I left Real Madrid when the club wanted me to stay.

"Lukaku and Matic, now, would have cost us £200m in total". Now the players of £20m became £40m, the players of £40m became £60m and everything changed. "From one side, to move something part of history is hard but on the other side you are the first one to make an initiative to change something".

Victories over West Ham United, Swansea City and Leicester City, without conceding a goal, have given Jose Mourinho's men a two-point lead atop the Premier League table. No one is happy to have a long transfer window. What we promote is to try to speak with UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association so that all the countries finish at the same time.

"I was a good market, we were successful, we did it well, we did it on time".

Stoke v Manchester United.

In an instant Pogba now looks like a bargain.

However, the disagreements between the two seem to be a thing of the past. It does mean our transfer window will be closed before Spain and Italy.

Mourinho also said that doing business early in the window has helped his team's preparation for the season.

"But if our opponent is better than us and dominant, we are humble enough to transform our way of playing to play for a result".

The Red Devils have also moved to secure Luke Shaw's future after extending his deal-which was to expire next summer-by another year, per James Nursey of the Mirror. Previous managers had a very scattergun approach to signings but with Mourinho there's a clear plan and type of players being brought in to the club.

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