Jose Mourinho predicts 'very quiet' transfer deadline for Manchester United

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Every year, August 31, and the days that lead up to it, are filled with rumour and speculation as teams attempt to pull off last-minute moves before the summer transfer window slams shut.

However, while clubs across Europe gear up for what is sure to be yet another frantic transfer deadline day next Wednesday, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes it will be a "very quiet week" at Old Trafford.

Speaking in his Friday afternoon press conference ahead of United's game against Hull this weekend, the Portuguese manager all but confirmed that there will be no incomings or outgoings at the club before the August 31 deadline.


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"I think we’ll have a very quiet week - I am more than happy with the squad I have," Mourinho told reporters, via The Mirror.

"I have 23 players in the squad and, in principle, there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming.

"It’s more than enough and if you have a problem or an opportunity then I have a few young players in the Academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in their process."

United have already made four high-profile signings this summer, with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, most recently, Paul Pogba all arriving to bolster the squad Mourinho inherited back in May.

And, having looked in ominous form en route to two wins from two to start the Premier League season, it appears that the new United manager is content to move forward with what he has - until January at least.

Whether he would have said the same had rumoured defensive target Jose Fonte not reportedly turned down a move from Southampton in favour of a new contract today is unclear.

Slight chance

Moreover, while he claimed "in principle, there is nobody leaving and nobody is coming", he was only talking about a squad of 23.

Having previously made clear that the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger do not feature in that 23, there is still the slight possibility that the German veteran could be sent on his way before the window closes.

However, it might well put to bed speculation linking other fringe players such as Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones with a move away from Manchester in the coming days.

With the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal still deep in the hunt for new signings as the deadline approaches, it looks like Mourinho and co. will be sitting back with the rest of us watching how things develop.

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