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Premier League : who will win the transfer war ?

PREMIER League clubs are spending money like never before this summer and the top six have already splashed out more than £500m on new signings.

Deals are being done all the time and our friends at Football Whisperstake a look at each club’s summer signings, the deals you may have missed and their potential targets.

MANCHESTER CITY - £207M (AU$340m)
City boss Pep Guardiola has spent big to ensure he doesn’t suffer the second trophyless season of his managerial career.
Full-backs Benjamin Mendy, (£49.2m), Kyle Walker (£45m) and Danilo (£26.5m) have all joined in the past week while 19-year-old Brazilian Douglas Luiz arrived for £10.5m. And it’s easy to forget City’s early summer signings, Bernardo Silva (£42.5m) and Ederson (£34.9m).
Despite their summer spree, City aren’t done. They maintain a strong interest in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez as Guardiola looks to add even more firepower to a stacked squad, but the Chilean appears more likely to move to PSG than Manchester.
CHELSEA - £121M ($200m)
Antonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season but made it clear his squad needed additions.
The Italian became frustrated with the Blues’ lack of movement early in the window but Antonio Rudiger (£29m), Tiemoue Bakayoko (£32m) and Alvaro Morata (£60m) have all arrived in the past month. Willy Caballero also joined as back-up to Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea are far from finished, however, and are, according to reports, still keen on signing Alex Sandro, Virgil van Dijk and Fernando Llorente.
MANCHESTER UNITED - £106M ($174m)
For the second successive summer, Jose Mourinho is spending big at Old Trafford. The Portuguese snared Romelu Lukaku from under the noses of former club Chelsea, paying £75m for the Everton striker.
Centre-back Victor Lindelof has arrived from Benfica for £31m and United have several irons in the fire. They’re hopeful of landing Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £50m while the club are also optimistic of concluding a deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.
The Croatian is valued at £50m and the Red Devils are likely to match that fee in the coming week.
EVERTON - £95.7M ($157m)
Everton, backed by billionaire Farhad Moshiri, have spent heavily in an effort to break into the top six.
They’ve signed Michael Keane (£30m), Jordan Pickford (£30m), Davy Klaassen (£23.6) and Sandro Ramirez (£5.2m) while Wayne Rooney returned from Manchester United.
The Toffees also brought in Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru for £7m but loaned him to Belgian club Anderlecht. Right-back Cuco Martina joined on a free transfer from Southampton.
The one big deal Everton are hoping to get done is bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson to Goodison Park. However, Swansea are holding out for £50m.
ARSENAL - £46.7M ($76.7m)
Having missed out on the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger, the Gunners needed a big summer in order to make a statement of intent.
Arsene Wenger turned to France to bring in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record £46.5m. The striker will ease the goalscoring burden on Sanchez, assuming he stays. Sead Kolasinac’s free transfer from Schalke has gone under the radar and he is, so far, Arsenal’s only other signing.
Wenger has attempted to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco but has had two bids rejected. Arsenal are also interested in Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez but won’t match the Foxes’ £50m valuation.


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