Frank Lampard 'surprised' by Nemanja Matic sale to Man United

Frank Lampard 'surprised' by Nemanja Matic sale to Man United

In east London, West Ham is looking to continue its high spending summer.

Crystal Palace were also the team with the biggest difference between worst price and best price returns, while Middlesbrough were the team with the smallest difference in returns, principally because they only managed to win five matches all season.

With the top six highlighting their dominance a year ago and the newly promoted sides such as Huddersfield and Brighton already tipped for relegation, are there any sides who could buck the trend in this campaign?

Long linked with a move to the Premier League, Arsenal finally took the plunge on 26-year-old Lacazette after he scored 37 goals in all competitions last term.

Manchester rival Jose Mourinho has opted for EPL experience, paying Everton $148 million for striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea $65.78 million for midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea have made four signings - Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero - this summer, while allowing Matic, Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave either permanently or on loan.

Tottenham looked unbeatable last season and were narrowly pipped for the title by Chelsea.

Blessed with a calm temperament beyond his years, Pickford has distribution skills desired in the modern game to go with his undoubted ability to stop shots and collect crosses. They knew what they were doing and their manager is very driven.

Brighton and Huddersfield, both playing in the top-flight for the first time in the post-1992 Premier League era, have been breaking their club transfer records.

Liverpool now appears to have a fight on its hands to retain attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona looks to reinvest some its Neymar windfall in another Brazilian.

Chelsea won the Premier League in 2016/2017 with some room to spare thanks to a record breaking number of wins.

"The investment of all the top teams is changing the landscape and it's not just that - the quality of the league as a whole has improved". Was it his dream to go and play for Manchester United?

The whole squad were present at the shoot, including Antonio Conte who posed for a picture with the Premier League trophy.

"It's a price that was paid for a huge transfer and it's something that motivates me, inspires me to work harder every day and to spend an hour more every day on the training pitch".

Everton have had an excellent summer, signing Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaasen and Wayne Rooney. "It's a reality of where the club is at".

However, Conte has recently said that his debut season as the Blues boss was the hardest in his managerial career which has continued as he vented his frustration over the club's inactivity in the transfer window.

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