On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many sides scrambling at the last minute to strengthen their squads, none more so than Manchester United.
The pressure will be on in Mourinho's third season at the club - it pains United fans to see their club trailing City and the prospect of being overtaken by Liverpool would be arguably even more painful.
Everton, Bournemouth and Southampton are all interested, as are Turkish club Besiktas.
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He has also been linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid - who are also reportedly interested in Blues duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.
- Leicester would like to make a couple more additions before the window closes, and the Mail says one of those could be Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic.
Fulham are ready to sign Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata for a big money move.
Initially on-loan, but with a view to a permanent deal next summer. The club meanwhile are eyeing a possible replacement in Kasper Schmeichel, Pepe Reina, Sergio Rico and Jack Butland. The Blues could pay the €100m (£89m) release fee of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as the replacement for Courtois. It remains to be seen what happens before Thursday night. The Toffees could sign Brazilian free agent Bernard.
Chelsea have sanctioned a loan move for Matt Miazga to Nantes for a whole season. He will replace the departed Barcelona star Malcom. A loan with option suited all parties best.