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welcometomanchesterpepDespite leading the Premier League in net transfer spend over the past five seasons, Manchester City’s transfer approach has had a rather slapdash feel to it. That is not the case this summer where Pep Guardiola can be as happy with his club’s business as José Mourinho is with his at Manchester United.

Manchester City Major Signings:
John Stones Everton £47.5m; Leroy Sané Schalke £37m; Gabriel Jesus Palmeiras £27m; Ilkay Gündogan Borussia Dortmund £21m; Claudio Bravo Barcelona £15.4m; Nolito Celta Vigo £14m

Edin Dzeko Roma £9.5m (loan made permanent); Wilfried Bony Stoke City (loan); Joe Hart Torino (loan); Samir Nasri Sevilla (loan); Eliaquim Mangala Valencia (loan); Martín Demichelis Released; Richard Wright Retired; Jason Denayer Sunderland (loan)

Great Transfer Window For Manchester United

zlatan-billboardUnlike in previous summers, Manchester United went with quality over quantity with the signings of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

Jose Mourinho wanted his transfer business done early and it was, unlike last years failed fax fiasco with Real Madrid and David de Gea.

Man United Major Signings
Paul Pogba Juventus £89.25m; Eric Bailly Villarreal £30m; Henrikh Mkhitaryan Borussia Dortmund £26m; Zlatan Ibrahimovic PSG (free)

Paddy McNair Sunderland £5m; Donald Love Sunderland £1m; Will Keane Hull City £1m; Guillermo Varela Eintracht Frankfurt (loan); James Wilson Derby County (loan); Adnan Januzaj Sunderland (loan); Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Wolves (loan); Nick Powell Wigan Athletic (free); Víctor Valdés Middlesbrough (free); James Weir Hull City (undisc)

Liverpool Transfer Window Baffling

Klopp-KopI am shocked at baffled at this transfer window for Liverpool. With all the teams ahead of them in the table strengthening this summer, Liverpool finished with a positive net spend! et that sink in for minute. In a summer of unseen riches for every Premier League club, with over £1B spent on transfers, Liverpool made a profit in the transfer market. Did Fenway Sports Group need help paying for the new stand?

Liverpool Signings:
Sadio Mané Southampton £30m; Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United £25m; Loris Karius Mainz £4.7m; Ragnar Klavan Augsburg £4.25m; Joël Matip Schalke (free)

Is David Luiz Really An Antonio Conte Player?

David-LuizLast week Antonio Conte was complaining about Chelsea’s lack of activity in the transfer market. Well the window has closed and after some last day shopping the Blues ended up spending £120m.

The headline making deal was the return of David Luiz from PSG for £34m. Luiz gives Conte the option of playing a three-man defense, but after chasing the like of Michael Emenalo, Marina Granovskaia, Kalidou Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci all summer, the arrival of David Luiz seems to have came out of left field.

Chelsea Major Signings:
Michy Batshuayi Marseille £33m; N’Golo Kanté Leicester City £30m; Marcos Alonso Fiorentina £23m; David Luiz PSG £34m

Granit Xhaka afcArsenal fans spent the summer pleading with Arsene Wenger to splash the cash and spend the money on new players. When the transfer window slammed shut on Wednesday, Wenger had spent a record £89m, but the consensus from the fans was more blase than excitement.

Arsenal Summer Signings:
Granit Xhaka Borussia Mönchengladbach £35m; Shkodran Mustafi Valencia £35m; Lucas Pérez Deportivo La Coruña £17m; Rob Holding Bolton Wanderers £2m

Tomas Rosicky Sparta Prague Free; Joel Campbell Sporting Lisbon (loan); Calum Chambers Middlesbrough (loan); Jack Wilshere Bournemouth (loan)

de-jong-kickThere are some MLS sides that have no plan in place (hello New England Revolution) while someone like the LA Galaxy are always looking two or three steps ahead.

The Galaxy have realized that midfielder Nigel de Jong is not worthy of a Designated Player place and the player is in talks with Turkish side Galatasaray about joining before the European transfer window closes this week.

De Jong joined the Galaxy earlier this year, making 21 league and cup appearances. But his contract had him poised to become a Designated Player at the end of the campaign, taking the place of Steven Gerrard who is retiring.

Costa Still Pines For Return To Madrid

diego-costa-2Diego Costa admits he was hoping to leave Chelsea this summer to rejoin Atletico Madrid and only a few details stopped the move from happening.

The striker has had a great start to the season for Antonio Conte’s side, scoring late winners against West Ham United and Watford, but if he had his way he would be back under the command of Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.

Speaking to Spanish television channel Movistar Plus while in Spain for the international break, the striker explained his desire to swap London for Madrid.

Joe Hart Lands In Italy To Seal Torino Move

joe-hartEngland goalkeeper Joe Hart has landed in Italy as his season-long loan move to Torino edges closer to completion.The Italian side have agreed to pay around £55,000 of Hart’s £135,000-a-week wages, leaving just the medical to complete the move.

The Manchester City goalkeeper, who has been left out in the cold by new City manager Pep Guardiola, is reported to have personally pushed for the deal due to his willingness to play in Serie A, despite interest from a number of Premier League sides, who were keen to keep him in England.

Lucas Perez completes transfer to Arsenal

Emirates_NightThree games into the new season and Arsenal have finally signed a new striker, 27-year-old Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

The Spaniard netted 17 goals in La Liga last season and got 19 in all competitions, equalling the club record set by Brazilian forward Bebeto.

The striker becomes Arsene Wenger’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano, Rob Holding and Kelechi Nwakali. Vale.ncia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi is expected to be announced as the club’s sixth summer acquisition later today

Pogba-MUFCPaul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola says that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign the French midfielder last season when was still Chelsea manager.

The 23-year-old Pogba signed for Mourinho at Manchester United in a world-record £89m deal this summer and Raiola believes United’s gain is every other top club’s loss.

Real Madrid also wanted Pogba but were soon priced out of the move along with “five or six other clubs” according to Pogba’s representative.

“Mourinho already wanted to bring him to Chelsea last summer, but it was not the right time” said Raiola.