Pep Guardiola claims Premier League champions have no more money to spend

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Anfield

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Anfield

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

"Like any big club, they need some silverware - in his first season at Old Trafford, 2016-17, Mourinho won two trophies - the League Cup and Europa League - but he won nothing last season".

"I'm not confident", Mourinho said, when asked whether there would be more players arriving before the deadline. Any deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was a way off on the eve of the deadline and interest in Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been tempered up until now by prohibitive financial demands.

"With Premier League clubs' aggregate revenues forecast to reach £5bn in 2018-19, clubs can well-afford to significantly invest in on-pitch talent in the quest for both success and survival".

Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup.

"They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said. "You can not expect them to be fit".

"Because it is very important their feeling and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added.

Figures released by Deloitte's sport business group showed top-flight clubs spent an estimated £1.23billion before Thursday's pre-season deadline - down £200million from last summer's window.

Millions of dollars have been spent, mind games have already begun and fan optimism is at its peak which can only mean one thing - the English Premier League is about to raise the curtain on another campaign which promises to be full of intrigue.

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