Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea All Ready For Big Signings

Benik Afobe was re-signed by Wolves for £10m...only to be sold to Stoke for £12m a few days later

Benik Afobe was re-signed by Wolves for £10m...only to be sold to Stoke for £12m a few days later Credit PA

Unai Emery, he says, will need another two transfer windows to hew Arsenal into contenders while he "loves Mauricio Pochettino to bits", he lists four major stumbling blocks to Tottenham's hopes of a first Premier League title: "They haven't signed anyone, they've got their first four games away, they've changed stadiums and they've had I think nine players out of the starting 11 playing in the very latter stages of the World Cup".

Spurs had a £25 million bid rejected for Jack Grealish and decided that the Championship club's valuation of £32 million was too much to pay.

The former Arsenal and England striker believes the Reds' summer transfer business can catapult them above Pep Guardiola's record-breaking champions.

I think it'll be tough but if they were to go of the Champions League and they had free weeks after Christmas, Saturday-to-Saturday they could be a real threat this season to City.

The clubs can in fact still buy and sell players up until the end of August. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Kieran Trippier have all signed new contracts since May.

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He was also, however, firm in his stance that his old club Manchester United "should be challenging" regardless of their inability to add a top quality centre back to their side during the transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp has added midfielders Nabi Keita and Fabinho, forward Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson to his squad to the tune of £140m.

However, despite links to numerous targets, United are yet to reinforce. "I am not anxious, I am not sad, I am so happy".

"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group [of World Cup players] because everybody is different physically and mentally to see how they feel, how they are and to understand if they think how they can help or not help". In football, you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn't have until now. "To keep our best players was our objective and we have achieved that", Pochettino said.

"There's no reason to not trust in our squad and no reason not to believe in our club or believe in what we can do".

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