13 August, 2017
Having finished seven points behind Chelsea, Spurs have yet to make a single signing, and Walker's sale to City and a season playing their home games at Wembley adds to Pochettino's problems.
Kylian Mbappe was linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, but Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have taken up the running in the chase of Monaco's France global star.
Guardiola's reported desire to bring Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad Stadium and his previously reserved praise of Aguero means the Argentina star's future at City remains a matter of intrigue. "I don't think I am in a position of moaning, crying, contesting or saying I am not happy". Six players were out of contract.
According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero (via the Manchester Evening News' Alex Porter), City are looking to strengthen their midfield following the sale of Fernando and have contacted Barca about potentially buying Busquets. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.
We have spent of course, but all the teams have spent.
Mourinho added: "We got a central defender that can play in many other positions, which is important".
"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".
In the past two seasons, Chelsea and Leicester City have sacked their managers less than a year after winning the title.
"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe". We were not able with those players to find a solution.
Two of the most impressive deals have come in the final week of pre-season with club record signings of midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.
"That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City", he said. "I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility. Three or four players will never be expensive because of what they will give you".
"In my initial analysis from January and through the months I was thinking of four players but I'm not a hard person to work with in spite of if you make it look different", said Mourinho, ahead of United's Premier League opener against West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday.