Alan Shearer predicts 2018/19 Premier League top four

Sergio Cunningham
August 12, 2018

This time a year ago, Everton were thought to have had a positive transfer window by splashing out on players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane.

Clubs spent £1.23 billion in the window that closed yesterday, a drop of £200 million, but still £180 million up on the net expenditure record of £685 million in summer 2016, according to Deloitte figures.

According to Deloitte's spokesperson, Tim Bridge, just 14 per cent of that figure, which is £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen effect of the league's window, closing before the rest of Europe.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust expressed grave concerns over the lack of new recruitment even though the club did manage to hold on to their existing crop of elite players, not least England striker Harry Kane.

"Of course, it's hard to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said.

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But despite both clubs' worries, Barnes has backed them to retain their places in the Champions League. The Arsenal legend said: "I want this season's title race to be more spicy and I think it will be".

Willian played a vital role in Chelsea's FA Cup win last season and though the Blues were not lucky enough to finish in top four to compete in next season's UEFA Champions League, Willian was outstanding and also dazzled at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup and attracted interest from Barcelona while Jose Mourinho was also eyeing a reunion with the player.

Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists.

Kepa Arrizabalaga never made it on the pitch for Spain in Russian Federation but Chelsea broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper by meeting an 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.

United are hoping to get two last minute deals done before today's 5pm deadline and Mourinho previously warned executive vice-chairman they'd be facing a "difficult" season if they didn't bolster the squad.

Manchester City had already signed winger Riyad Mahrez for a club-record £60 million, while Manchester United signed midfielder Fred, defender Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant last month, but manager Jose Mourinho was left frustrated in his efforts to further strengthen. Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side.

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