Ranking English Premier League transfer business: 20-11

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The player, however, made a decision to enter the jet going to France and joined Monaco at the last minute, saying it was a better club for him to develop on his football career.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ferdinand said: "I'm a United fan, and I want to see them win the title, but I fear it's going to be very hard for that to happen this season".

There's also a new name in the dugout, with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri taking charge of his first top flight match as Blues boss away at Huddersfield.

Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham won an army of admirers with their artful passing football in the Championship last season and they went about their transfer dealings with an audacity that will have unsettled numerous more established teams in the Premier League. Leicester, meanwhile, enter the season hoping that Algerian signing Rachid Ghezzal proves an adequate replacement for Riyad Mahrez, but they have retained a strong spine to their team, featuring Kasper Schmeichel, Harry Maguire, Nigerian midfield dynamo Wilfred Ndidi and striker Jamie Vardy.

The new rule to shut the window before the start of the league from the earlier date of August 31 meant that the English clubs had to complete all their deals 20 days before their Spanish, French and German counterparts. Tottenham goes into the season banking on what it had previous year, mainly Harry Kane, the World Cup's Golden Boot victor.

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The reprieve was only temporary and two goals in four minutes swung the game decisively in the visitors' favour. We went into the game under no illusions and knew it would be hard for us.

CHRIS Hughton's Brighton played some tidy football following their promotion last season but they flirted with relegation before securing their Premier League status in the final weeks of the season.

The figures released showed that top-flight clubs spent an estimated £1.23 billion before Thursday's pre-season deadline - down £200 million from last summer's window.

Real Madrid was already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the 35 million euro fee with Chelsea.

Tottenham spent enormously to reconstruct their stadium and there was little left to commit into bringing more players to beef up the squad.

Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side. Striker Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semi-finals.

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