The Premier League roars back into action Friday after another frenetic summer of transfers in the world's richest league. The match starts at 03:00 on 11 August 2018.
Having been a player at Liverpool, I certainly know that the club and its supporters demand success. Kepa may prove a world-class goalkeeper but on paper Chelsea have made a significant outlay to sign a weaker goalkeeper, while even as backup the arrival of Rob Green looks a touch desperate.
Real Madrid was already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the €35-million ($52.45-million) fee with Chelsea.
In total Fulham have spent almost £100 million on eight permanent signings and four loans during the summer; it will take time for them all to settle in but a club whose recruitment once caused fractures between Jokanovic and those above him now looks set for a fascinating ride.
Leicester City announced Soyuncu's move on their website and Twitter account Thursday. Earlier on, they had bought defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb for a reported £13m. But Benitez was given precious little cash to spend, although Federico Fernandez came in from Swansea on deadline day to address the loss of Florian Lejeune to a cruciate injury.
Liverpool - The Champions League finalist arguably had the best transfer window of any Premier League club - it certainly spent the most.
His style of play does not sit well with the United faithful.
The Red Devils are now preparing for their third season under Jose Mourinho as they look to try and mount a title challenge next term.
Spurs were one of 14 clubs to vote for the earlier deadline last September, with United voting against it. He made his debut in 2013 at the age of 21 and was signed by AS Roma in the summer of 2016. For a moment it looked like Schmeichel would just get his hand behind the ball to deny the French national, but there was no stopping Pogba's stunning shot.With the Reds up by 1, the scoreline for the remainder of the half did not reflect the performance.
"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said. That was 72% of all money spent by English top-flight clubs - last year's figure was 54%.
The bulk of the Premier League's spending went overseas, with around £700m flowing to top clubs in Spain, Italy, Germany and France alone.
Why was this summer not as busy as previous years?
With a flurry of left-field deals rather than a slew of blockbuster signings, the summer transfer window closed for English clubs yesterday.
Initially Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva were the tipped partnership in the centre of midfield, however a prolonged rest for both players means the Portugal worldwide should enter the fray for the Sky Blues' season opener.