The English Premier League transfer window is officially closed. Clubs have spent big to recruit some of the finest football talents around. The excitement is building and it’s shaping up to be another cracking season. With the new season kicking off on Friday, now's the time to start looking at who can win the fancied trophy.
Manchester City (33/50)
Riyad Mahrez (£60m, from Leicester City)
Claudio Gomes (free from PSG)
Manchester City, the last season’s champion have kept their squad quite intact, rather than inflicting changes. They won their last Premier league glory with a clear 19 points lead over nearest rival Manchester United. So, if there is any complacency in the squad, that could be a major problem as the ball rolls. Other negativity could be the squad’s average ‘high’ age. Still, Man City have the fire-power to win the title with ease.
Alisson (£67m, from AS Roma)
Naby Keita (£50m, from RB Leipzig)
Fabinho (£43m, from AS Monaco)
Last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool come into the new season with a red-hot form after the successes of their last campaign. This season's recruits, Guinea star Naby Keita and Brazilian sensation Fabinho from Monaco will make-up for the loss of Emre Can to Juventus, and then there’s the attacking trio of Mane-Firmino-Salah, which can tear any opponent apart. Much-criticised centre back Dejan Lovren had an excellent World Cup with Croatia and Klopp had also spent big on goalkeeper Alisson from Roma. So, Liverpool may be best placed to put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side and even capitalise at the end of the season.
Manchester United (7/1)
Fred (£53m, from Shakhtar Donetsk)
Diogo Dalot (£19m, from FC Porto)
Manchester United finished 2nd in the Premier League last season, though that slightly heals the wounds as they ended up a whopping 19 points behind ultimate champions Manchester City. For this season, Fred looks a solid signing in midfield, while Diogo Dalot could soon be challenging Antonio Valencia for his place at right-back. There are plenty of question marks hanging over United heading into the season, but if everything falls into place they could mount a sustained challenge for honours.
Tottenham Hotspur (16/1)
No major transfers
Like Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur are counting on the central group to deliver the punch above their weight this season. Their first team is stable, and star striker Harry Kane, who ended as the Golden Boot winner at the World Cup, underwent the transition from extremely good to fundamentally top class by leadind the team’s attacks and raising his shot rate up to Ronaldo/Messi levels. Tottenham are arguably structurally better off than a rebuilding Chelsea or Arsenal, and could have the last laugh at the end of the season.
Lucas Torreira (£23m, from Sampdoria)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£19m, from Borussia Dortmund)
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Free, from Juventus)
Bernd Leno (Undisclosed, from Bayer Leverkusen)
Matteo Guendouzi (£7m, from Lorient)
Arsenal finished last season in sixth place, and after the Arsene Wenger era, this season, the Gunners have made all-end changes, recruting Unai Emery as the new boss of the squad and making five signings that need to blend with the team. The good news for Arsenal is that while they have been taking steps to improve. They have a lethal attack, and if Emery and his new signings can bring even a defensive stability to the side, they’ll be able to compete for the top spot right now.
Jorginho (£43m, from Napoli)
Mateo Kovacic (season-long loan, from Real Madrid)
Kepa Arrizabalaga (£ 71.6m, from Athletic Bilbao)
Chelsea could be the most exciting team in the league this coming season. With Maurizio Sarri as the head boss, free-flowing football will be their first objective. He brought Jorginho with him from Napoli. The Brazilian-born Italian completed more passes than any other player in Serie A last season and the Italian coach will want him to occupy a similar role this campaign. Chelsea had a disappointing campaign in 2017/2018, and the Premier league title would a be a nice feather in Sarri's cap, as well as for London based club.