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Premier League clubs flex their muscles in summer window with Chelsea bulking up best

Premier League clubs flex their muscles in summer window with Chelsea bulking up best



y the time the most remarkable of transfer windows shut on Tuesday night, Chelsea were left with a squad built to win the Premier League title — and still spent less than rock-bottom Arsenal.

Champions of Spain and Italy were added to the champions of Europe, with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel left in no doubt of the expectations on him in his first full season in charge.

In Barcelona, a talent drain of historic proportions played out until the last moments of an excruciating summer for one of the world’s biggest clubs.

That is of little concern to Chelsea, although the calamitous mismanagement of Barca, losing Lionel Messi for free and Antoine Griezmann at an enormous financial loss, while requiring remaining players to take a pay cut, only confirms the folly of England’s top clubs being prepared to get into bed with them in the European Super League.


The Premier League goes from strength to strength, with Jack Grealish becoming the first £100million British footballer, Romelu Lukaku coming in at just shy of that figure and Cristiano Ronaldo making a sensational return to Manchester United.

Even Tottenham’s ability to resist Manchester City’s pursuit of Harry Kane was a show of strength from a club that finished seventh last season.

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It is Chelsea, though, who look primed to reassert their dominance, with the late signing of Saul Niguez prompting Marina Granovskaia to talk of a five-pronged trophy assault.

This summer has been the continuation of a spectacular recruitment drive from Roman Abramovich that began last year and has already delivered the Champions League. The signings of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy last season meant it was just a case of fine-tuning this time around.

Lukaku is the top-class centre forward they lacked, and given City’s failure to address the same issue, the Belgian could be the difference in the title race.


It is hard to avoid the conclusion that City have allowed Chelsea and United to steal a march on them during their failed pursuit of Kane.