Car Crash Season - Several Manchester United Fans Split After Quiet Deadline Day

11 August, 2018, 19:02 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Sebastien Bassong celebrates his winner for Tottenham against Liverpool in 2009

Premier League clubs spent £1.2bn on transfer-in of players in the first abbreviated summer transfer window ending 9 August.

Liverpool - The Champions League finalist arguably had the best transfer window of any Premier League club - it certainly spent the most.

But, with football in England resuming earlier than elsewhere, Premier League sides would still be at a disadvantage to their European rivals if Fifa's proposals are introduced - which could be for next season - but it would be reduced.

On top of the quick turnaround from the World Cup in Russian Federation, a shortened transfer window that closes 24 hours before the season kicks off has left many teams scrambling to get stronger at the last minute - none more so than Manchester United.

17/20 teams (85%) bought more than they sold.

"I will focus on the players that are available, so I am not even thinking about that list of injured players I gave you, (Nemanja) Matic, (Antonio) Valencia and so on".

Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester on Friday, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham and Mina were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin emerged as a late target on Thursday.

But much of the spending this year came from clubs expected to compete lower down the table, headlined by Fulham becoming the first newly-promoted team to break the £100m barrier.

Having obliterated records with a £1.4bn outlay in 2017, the 20 clubs shelled out around £200m less this time, with big-hitters Manchester City and Manchester United buying sparingly and Tottenham not investing a penny.


"We didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is hard to add players".

His performances for his club also earned him a spot in Brazil's first team and he went on to play every minute of Brazil's 2018 World Cup campaign.

"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players, " Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"If we play good and we are consistent we have a chance to repeat the Premier League".

"I enjoy the last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position in five or six years".

It was then down to Chelsea to make the final decision as Hazard wanted to leave and Real Madrid wanted the club to name their price.

Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was the most expensive player at 71. American owner Shahid Khan has funded the recruitment of 12 players for the west London club.

Signed by Liverpool when they desperately needed some strength between the sticks, we can certainly hope for greater things to come from this young Brazillian.

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