Premier League watch September 4
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says loan deals for one-time Swans target Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses were agreed to help the players’ development.
Both Lukaku and Moses headed for Merseyside on transfer deadline day, with the former linking up with Everton and the latter Liverpool.
Mourinho claims it was in the best interests of all concerned for moves to be pushed through.
Mourinho said: “I think it’s time for everyone to stop talking about selling and buying players.
“There are always little things to do on the last day, people to leave. We have to think about the club, but we also have to think about what is best for the players individually.
“We decided Moses and Lukaku — two players we were more than happy to keep — that it’s better for the club and the future of the players if they go on loan.
“With Lukaku, we have Fernando (Torres), (Samuel) Eto‘o and Demba (Ba).”
Galatasaray sporting director Bulent Tulun has told a Turkish newspaper that the club snubbed an ‘indirect offer’ from Manchester United for Wesley Sneijder.
The apparent approach came a fortnight before the transfer deadline passed in England.
Tulun told Milliyet: “Sneijder received an indirect offer from Manchester United two weeks ago but it was not accepted.
“There are several clubs that want him but just like we can’t let go of Burak (Yilmaz), we also have to keep hold of Sneijder.”
Hull City managing director Nick Thompson has aired his frustration at having missed out on West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long.
The Tigers had hoped to make Long their record signing on Monday, with a £5.5million deal agreed in principle.
“It’s enormously disappointing, of course, but West Brom had always made it clear it would be conditional on them doing their own business,” he said.
“They came to the stage late in the day that they no longer wanted to do the deal.”