"It is time for me to stop thinking about the market", he lamented on Thursday morning.
Manchester United's hopes of reinforcing their squad before Thursday's 5pm transfer deadline appear to be over after José Mourinho said his latest information was that the club had been unable to secure any of their targets.
But, the late juncture of the transfer window in England means that the Premier League heavyweights have been actively pursuing a move for Boateng, with Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire the other major targets.
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The target is Leicester match and the tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button. The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".
The uncertain future of Yerry Mina remains up in the air but Jose Mourinho has ruled out a move to bring the Barcelona defender to Manchester United. He needs to get off to a good start this season, there's no doubt about that.
Scholes, though, fears that even a morale-boosting win over the Foxes will do little for the Red Devils' cause in the long run, with rival outfits looking stronger and more likely title contenders.
United finished above them last season.
"I think the World Cup is the flawless habitat for a player like him to give [their] best", Mourinho said.
How was your summer, your World Cup, your holiday and your pre-season?
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Meanwhile, Courtois reiterated that family reasons were the driving force behind his move back to Spain , where his family live, and not money.
Despite missing a host of World Cup stars, City looked in ominous form as they dismissed Chelsea 2-0 to lift the Community Shield at the weekend but face a tough start as Arsenal begin the post-Arsene Wenger era at the Emirates on Sunday.
"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players (back from the World Cup) because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how available they feel".
He said: "For me Jerome is one of the best central defenders in the world". Anderson joined the side for £35m and his versatility and pace will be a crucial addition to West Ham's attacking options, whilst he has already found his feet on English turf scoring in the Hammers' 2-1 win against Ipswich Town in pre-season.
The Welsh outfit need to get their higher earners out of the door before the window closes, and the Argentine centre-back falls into that category.
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But Stokes was omitted by England because he is in court this week on a criminal charge of affray. As far as the play on the first day is concerned, it is likely to be washed out.