How Premier League's top teams stand

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock

However, retaining or even improving on last season will be hard, especially if they qualify for the Europa League group stages as matches on Thursday nights will be hard to manage.

Looking across the "big five" European league club spending in this window, the next highest spending league is Serie A, with a reported gross spend of around £910 million, followed by La Liga (£680 million), the Bundesliga (£400 million) and Ligue 1 (£350 million).

Little more than four months after Manchester City won the 2017-2018 Premier League title, the league returns in full this weekend with 10 matches spread out from Friday afternoon until Sunday, with the piece de resistance taking place Sunday morning, when the reigning champions visit Arsenal.

Three injury tables take centre position in the middle of the dressing room with the players' allocated positions all set to face manager Jose Mourinho's monitor, from where the Portuguese coach will be most likely bark his instructions as he strives to gain Manchester United's first title in six seasons.

Newly promoted clubs Wolves, Cardiff City and Fulham could, among the likes of Huddersfield, Southampton and Brighton, be considered among the candidates to be relegated at the end of the campaign.

Tottenham became the first side in Premier League history not to make a summer signing since the transfer window began in 2003.

The player, however, chose 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.

Can Socceroo Aaron Mooy help keep Huddersfield
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"They don't need to make wholesale signings". Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and finishing as England's top-scorer as the national team reached the semi-finals.

At the other end of the scale, Tottenham did not spend a penny or sign a single player, while Crystal Palace were also frugal spenders with £9.5m on three players - including scooping Schalke youngster Max Meyer on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old is arguably the continent's best out-and-out striker, and he is most definitely Spurs' most important player.

Last season's top-two teams spent nothing yesterday.

"But fans come to watch the team".

Arter will add some much-needed top-level know-how to Warnock's midfield, but for all their rough-edged durability, Cardiff's squad looks perilously low on quality.

The only addition to the north London club in the new season is a new stadium and even that won't be ready for the first month - at least. "We believe fans are entitled to a full and credible explanation of what has happened this summer".

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