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How the Premier League's top six stand after transfer window

12 August, 2018, 18:01 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were opponents on the opening day in 2014

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is eagerly awaiting his return to Premier League action on Friday night when he takes on long-term suitors Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure in pre-season as United's transfer business stalled following the World Cup, and the Red Devils were unimpressive on tour (a 2-1 win over Real Madrid aside).

He's complained about every possible position at the club except for his goalkeeper, and David de Gea is coming off an terrible World Cup.

Premier League clubs' net player transfer expenditure to 9 August was £865m, well in excess of the £665m for the summer 2017 transfer window. "That's reversing the trend we've seen in the last few years".

Emery could not have been handed a more hard start to life at Arsenal with a trip to Chelsea following on from the visit of Manchester City.

"Football is changing, and managers should be called head coaches", said Mourinho after beating Leicester, who he flagged as a side that should not be underestimated as they "invest more than us". However, even if Barcelona significantly increase their offer for the former Juventus star in the coming days, his commercial value to United and the fact they would not be able to bring in a replacement means any such bid would be rejected.

Pogba played a huge part in Les Bleus' first triumph since 1998, bossing the midfield as his team downed the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia on the way to glory.

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The move however irked Guardiola who labelled Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis' decision as unprofessional.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Chelsea became favourite to land the CSKA Moscow midfielder as Sarri wanted to overhaul his midfield, the club quickly began the process to sign the player and an agreement had been reached with the club.

Emery was reported to only have £50 million to play with prior to this summer's transfer window opening.

"I said many times, we can not spend every season what we spent last season".

The ability for those in Europe to continue strengthening opens the door for a whole host of possibilities, including players playing in English football still leaving their current post to ply their trade overseas.

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