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Mourinho 1st to hit £1bn landmark in career transfer spending

08 Agosto 2017, 01:19 | Cornelio Vivanco

United have been on Aurier's trail for a while and are favourites to sign the Ivory Coast player

United have been on Aurier's trail for a while and are favourites to sign the Ivory Coast player

Neymar recently broke a transfer record and it probably won't be too long before a team matches or sets a new one.

Matic, who signed for Manchester United last week, will likely start in a midfield trio alongside Pogba and Ander Herrera.

Conte didn't mince his words when asked about Matic, saying: "You must ask the club about this".

Remarkably, Manchester United only managed eight victories in the Premier League at Old Trafford last term, racking up 10 draws and one defeat.

"We're progressing", said former defender David May, who has watched every pre-season game. Dwight Yorke was well into his 27th year when United paid £12.5m for him in 1998 despite the reservations of chairman Martin Edwards and assistant manager Brian Kidd. Join the Man City Square team! I'll be happier if they give me four of four but they did a great effort.

Mourinho is scarcely innocent himself: Manchester United's £89m move for Paul Pogba past year was facilitated by a willingness to get rid of the competition by paying the sort of sums no one else would contemplate. United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly watched by 109,000 in MI, with Ashley Young, one of the side's best players stating: "It's a new system and a new way to play but everyone has adapted to it and understands the manager's philosophy". Moreover, United's problem a year ago was their finishing.

Matteo Darmian did improve in the latter months under Mourinho and excelled in the Europa League final, but his form has been hit and miss since Louis van Gaal brought him to Old Trafford.

Equally impressive, Andreas Pereira (21), back from his loan season with La Liga side Granada, looked comfortable on the ball and seems ready to stake his place in the team.

The market is open and so is the player, Barcelona has not once mentioned PSG in their official announcements, and have left the door open for all other capable clubs to fetch the player. He also holds the record for most expensive signing at the striker position.

"The most important thing is the club knows my opinions and they are trying to do the best for our team, for our squad". It may prove an upgrade of sorts - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals across all competitions, but the Swede converted a far lower percentage of chances than Lukaku did at Everton.

But there is also little to suggest, ceteris paribus, United will score the 20 to 30 more goals the team might need for a genuine crack at the title. Even more incredible is how far that amount was surpassed. In that sense, signing a series of supposedly cheaper players could actually cost more. The jaw dropping signing was more than what they spent for Ronaldo in 2009.

"I think we'll win the league this year", said Paddy Crerand, a member of United's 1968 European Cup winning side.

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