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Yet, a shortened window allied to the tight turnaround from the final stages of the World Cup just four weeks ago, left English clubs in a rush against time to get deals done and facing inflated fees when buying from Europe's other top leagues, where the window doesn't close till later this month.

The early summer transfer deadline in the Premier League has seen a drop in spending for the first time since 2010.

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.

The £175m Serie A teams received from England, however, only covered nine players including the likes of Jorginho - making them more than twice as expensive man for man.

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

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They had been linked with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Leicester's Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng over the summer. Jose Mourinho's team have been unimpressive in pre-season and their only notable acquisition in the transfer market has been Brazilian midfielder Fred.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the more outspoken critics of the shortened window with time running out for Spurs to make a single signing this summer.

"I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs and the stamina but we played very well".

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"The players from past year are responsible for the excitement, and then we brought in a few new players as an icing on the cake", Klopp said during the club's promising preseason tour in the United States.

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Despite sending the most players (16) of any club on the planet to the World Cup over the summer, City even have virtually a full squad to choose from after Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne returned to training in good shape and are fit to play. Last season was a outcome of a lot of things, the records we were going to break, but it's a big mistake to think about the points day by day.

And the Red Devils made a dramatic late approach for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin - but he is now expected to sign a new deal with the Spanish club.

The Brazil global was, until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga last week, the world's most expensive goalkeeper following his £65m move from Roma.

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

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