Everton boss Marco Silva defends £44m price tag of new star Richarlison

Sheri SchwartzAug 13, 2018

For the first time since the summer transfer window was opened in 2003 teams in England decided that they wanted to close the window in time for the start of the Premier League season.

Premier League clubs spent £1.2bn on transfer-in of players in the first abbreviated summer transfer window ending 9 August.

The inspiration behind Leicester's shock title triumph two seasons ago, the 2016 PFA Player of The Year joins an embarrassment of attacking riches at the Etihad as the champions bid for back-to-back Premier League titles.

One team finished in second place last season, but is heading into the 2018-2019 Premier League campaign shrouded by negativity.

The Times learnt that there is most disquiet among the biggest clubs, as they are the ones most likely to have players targeted by foreign clubs and less time to sign players from their domestic rivals.

For a football marathon that lasted 10 months out of the strongest national championship in the world - the English Premier League.

Liverpool first broke the transfer record by bringing in Alisson Becker from AS Roma, but Chelsea chose to go one step better by signing young Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. The west London club did snap up a player from Madrid on loan for the season: Midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who helped Croatia reach the World Cup final, where it lost to France.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho lauded Liverpool for its acquisitions and said The Reds should contend for the title. Everton has already broken its transfer record in the off-season by paying Watford £40-million ($67.07-million) for Richarlison, a forward who didn't even make Brazil's World Cup squad.

Asked to choose between being the first side to retain the Premier League title in nearly ten years and winning the coveted Champions League, most Manchester City fans would probably choose the latter.

It was a pretty boring deadline day for much of the day with Sky Sports News often scrambling around for something to talk about or someone to talk to whilst little transfer activity actually happened. The Foxes grabbed one goal back through Jamie Vardy's strike during the injury-time but it was too late for Claude Puel's troops to stage a comeback.

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