Monday, 20 August, 2018

Transfer flurry in EPL for every team apart from Tottenham

Klaassen played just seven Premier League games for Everton after signing for £24m last summer Klaassen played just seven Premier League games for Everton after signing for £24m last summer Credit GETTY IMAGES
Jennie Wade | 11 August, 2018, 18:59

This represented 72% of aggregate gross player transfer expenditure by Premier League clubs, compared to 54% in summer 2017 (and average of 60% for all summer transfer windows), pointed out Deloitte it appears England's relative success at the 2018 World Cup has not translated through to its clubs investing wholeheartedly in English talent.

For the first time since the summer-transfer window was introduced 15 years ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham.

The English Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday 9 August for the first time after the FA made changes to the league's transfer rules which usually closes on the last day of August.

The Times learnt that there is most disquiet among the biggest clubs, as they are the ones most likely to have players targeted by foreign clubs and less time to sign players from their domestic rivals.

However, Guardiola says the pair arrived back from their holiday's in great condition and will therefore be available for selection against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

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

They have done so with David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and more recently with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, helping these players grow from youngsters into established internationals who are comfortable playing at the highest level. Jose Mourinho's team have been unimpressive in pre-season and their only notable acquisition in the transfer market has been Brazilian midfielder Fred.

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Even United's inability to get a deal over the line was outdone by Tottenham, though, as Mauricio Pochettino's team did not complete a single signing over the whole transfer window.

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

And more fans than the Club cares to acknowledge recognise the challenges and achievements of running a sustainable business and building a top class stadium.

Yet, based on the World Cup performances of Golden Boot victor Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen among others, there is still plenty for Mauricio Pochettino to look forward to.

The Brazil global was, until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga last week, the world's most expensive goalkeeper following his £65m move from Roma.

Newcastle have again made a profit from player trading thanks to the sales of Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, with Benitez expressing his concern for the Magpies' prospects this season after a 4-0 friendly thrashing by Braga earlier this month. The foxes relentlessly attacked United, with none of their final attempts really challenging De Gea.Finally, one attempt on goal was deflected behind the goal for a Leicester corner in what was surely the last kick of the game.Every Leicester player, including Schmeichel, raced up to the penalty box, ready to fight for the point.

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