Fifa plans to implement fairer transfer deadlines, Football News & Top Stories

Jo Caldwell
August 11, 2018

Unlike in England, the window for the rest of Europe's leading leagues doesn't close until later in August, meaning Premier League clubs have faced even more inflated prices when buying from the continent.

Despite slashing a club record £60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a quieter window after spending over £200 million last summer on assembling a squad that smashed a host of Premier League records in romping towards the title.

But, with football in England resuming earlier than elsewhere, Premier League sides would still be at a disadvantage to their European rivals if Fifa's proposals are introduced - which could be for next season - but it would be reduced.

Fulham signaled their determination to stay in the English Premier League by becoming the first promoted team to spend more than £100 million (US$127.68 million) in the summer transfer window.

"But at the same time they've got something to prove and a year ago we gave most teams a run".

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You'd have to say you are not playing an Arsenal, a City, a Chelsea in that period.

United contacted Atletico Madrid about Diego Godin but it quickly became evident that the move was a no-go, while an official offer was not made for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. We knew it was going to be hard because some of us, including myself, didn't have any pre-season games.

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. "Every season we are the favourites".

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.

And who will be wishing they had done a bit more?

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Mina scored three times in three games at the World Cup in Russian Federation, including against Everton's England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a dramatic stoppage time header to send their last 16 tie to extra-time.

As for United, well, I'm unsure that all is well in the camp at Old Trafford; I really don't feel the team and players are totally behind the manager. In an impressive season, Alisson kept 22 clean sheets in 37 games and led his club to a 3rd place finish in the Serie A and a semi-final exit in the Champions League.

Players could still leave the Premier League - with Chelsea's Eden Hazard a reported target for Spanish giants Real Madrid, although the Blues would then not be able to sign a replacement.

Football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University said: "Clubs invested heavily previous year when we saw nearly £1.5bn being spent".

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