Fifa plans to implement fairer transfer deadlines, Football News & Top Stories

Joann Johnston
August 12, 2018

In a move created to end disruption and allow English clubs to focus on their football, Premier League clubs had agreed to close the summer transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 season.

A fun trivia, Tottenham Hotspurs became the only club in Premier League history to not sign a single player during the Summer Transfer Window.

The north London club have often done things differently when it comes to buying and selling players, with chairman Daniel Levy earning a reputation as a hard negotiator who is unafraid to leave things until late in the day.

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Barcelona made several bids for the player but never matched Chelsea's asking price and when it seemed the Catalans could not go further after their third bid of £65m was rejected by Chelsea, they chose to settle for a lesser valued, Bordeaux player Malcom as replacement, while Willian returned to Chelsea after his World Cup break.

Pochettino's belief is strengthened by Tottenham's success in persuading a number of key players, including England striker Harry Kane - the World Cup golden boot victor - to sign new contracts. "Premier League clubs' gross player transfer expenditure of £1.2 billion continues to demonstrate the sheer purchasing power of the most commercially successful football league in the world". Guardiola opted for only one significant new recruit, landing Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a 60 million pound ($76.6 million) swoop.

Just before the deadline, Everton secured the services of Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina from Barcelona. 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. Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side.

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