But the United hierarchy, mindful of losing a 22-year-old with lots of potential, overrode him. United said they were happy to be kept informed. Starting off the season well is key for any club, and the pressure is on Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho.
After the finals it was not the price being quoted for Mina but the structure of the agents' fees being proposed that made the Old Trafford club uncomfortable.
"Not getting in a top quality centre-half will be a major disappointment for them". "Leicester have players in their side who can do some damage".
Mourinho wanted a third choice home-grown eligible goalkeeper and Lee Grant was signed.
Mourinho wanted United to accept the offer and offload Pogba from the club this summer and informed his confidants.
The centre-back position didn't become an issue until this summer and since then the club's hierarchy have felt that the options open to them have not warranted the investment required.
At 5pm Premier League clubs will no longer be allowed to bid for new players either on loan or in a permanent deal until the winter transfer window begins on 1 January 2019. Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard return to training after extended leaves on Monday, which means that they are likely to be unfit for the match. "I have to focus on the players I have and the next few matches".
Nemanja Matic has undergone surgery on an abdominal issue picked up at the World Cup, while Dalot has also been under the knife due to a knee problem.
"I have my players and I like my players", Mourinho said.
"This list of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players because everybody is different - physically and mentally - and to see how available they feel they are because their feeling is very important and understanding how they think they can help or not help".
"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of people is that it's true".
"At United we have to sign big players, with experience", Sanchez told Sky Sports.