Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Premier League Top 5 Summer Transfers

Premier League Top 5 Summer Transfers

United are chasing an unlikely Premier League title triumph this term but they're not expected to be able to topple heavy title favourites Manchester City. Guardiola opted for only one significant new recruit, landing Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a 60 million pound ($76.6 million) swoop.

Pep Guardiola feels setting a points target would be a mistake for Manchester City as they seek to defend the Premier League title for the first time. Only four teams, outside of one-offs Blackburn Rovers and Leicester, have won the league since its inception in 1992-1993; that looks unlikely to change this year.

Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League club since the summer transfer window began to fail to sign a single player but Mauricio Pochettino said he was happy for the club to "behave differently".

'I hope someone can catch them - it would be nice, so hopefully Manchester United can.

Cardiff went back to basics under Neil Warnock last season, securing automatic promotion despite having the lowest pass completion figures in the Championship, and their summer transfer activity has been in keeping with that approach.

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"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

Chelsea and Arsenal missed out on the Champions League this year after finishing fifth and sixth respectively last season.

Real Madrid was already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the €35-million ($52.45-million) fee with Chelsea. Today the football players connect in the teams, new players fit in easily. It will be a tough task for both managers to make their marks in their first seasons. "Premier League clubs' gross player transfer expenditure of £1.2 billion continues to demonstrate the sheer purchasing power of the most commercially successful football league in the world". Cardiff will likely struggle up a division but Fulham, too, could punch above its weight. But a return of just two points from their opening three home games meant Tottenham were playing catch-up virtually from the off. Asimilar result at Newcastle will provide the flawless response to the questions raised in recent days, yet whatever the outcome, Tottenham's approach to the recent transfer window will continue to be placed under close scrutiny.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

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