Man United's Romelu Lukaku heads up Premier League transfer team worth over half a billion

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Lukaku was the most expensive buy this summer.

Premier League clubs shelled out a record £1.4billion during the summer transfer window.

Here, we look closely at how this summer’s most expensive signings compare to the biggest purchases from the 2016-17 and 2015-16 summers.

To make things more interesting, we have placed the priciest players from each position into a 4-4-2 XI from each of the three summer windows.

Unsurprisingly, the transfer spending has increased significantly from 2015 to 2017 – by some distance, too – equating to £150.4m.

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2017-18 SUMMER TRANSFERS

FORMATION: 4-4-2

GOALKEEPER

Ederson – Pep Guardiola entrusted faith in the Brazilian as his new No1, bringing him in for £36m from Benfica.

DEFENDERS

Benjamin Mendy – Left-back – Manchester City brought the full-back from Monaco for £49.2m.

Davinson Sanchez – Centre-back – The highly-rated Colombian star was bought by Spurs, who paid Ajax £36m for his services.

Victor Lindelof – Centre-back – Swedish star arrived at United for £31m fee from Portuguese giants Benfica.

Kyle Walker – Right-back – The Sky Blues purchased the Tottenham right-back for a whopping £50m.

MIDFIELDERS

Mohamed Salah – Right wing – The Egyptian superstar joined the Merseysiders from Roma in a deal worth £37.8m.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Central midfield – Everton smashed their transfer club record to sign the Swansea star for £45m.

Nemanja Matic – Central midfield – Jose Mourinho signed the Serbian star for the second time, taking him off old club Chelsea’s hands for £40m.

Bernardo Silva – Left wing – Monaco wide-man arrived for £43m fee as Spaniard Guardiola strengthened attacking options.

STRIKERS

Romelu Lukaku – The most expensive signing of the summer, the Belgian joined the Red Devils from Everton for £75m.

Alvaro Morata – Discarded by Real Madrid, the Spaniard signed for Chelsea for £70m in a bumper transfer.

OVERALL SPEND: £513m

2016-17 SUMMER TRANSFERS

FORMATION: 4-4-2

GOALKEEPER

Claudio Bravo – Chilean made switch to City from Barcelona for £16m.

DEFENDERS

Marcos Alonso – Left-back – Talented star joined Antonio Conte’s revolution for £21m from Fiorentina.

John Stones – Centre-back – Manchester City strengthened backline with  the£50m acquisition of Everton defender.

Shkodran Mustafi – Centre-back – German World Cup winner joined Arsenal for £40m from Valencia.

Eric Bailly – Right-back – Ivorian linked-up with Red Devils for £34m from Villarreal.

MIDFIELDERS

Leroy Sane – Left wing – Schalke man arrived at Etihad Stadium for £35m in summer of 2016.

Paul Pogba – Central midfield – The French superstar joined Man United for a then world-record £89m fee from Juventus.

Granit Xhaka – Central midfield – Swiss star was Gunners’ big signing, joining for £40m from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sadio Mane – Right Wing – Saints star made Anfield switch in whopping deal worth around £38m.

STRIKERS

Michy Batshuayi – Striker – Chelsea splashed out £33m on the young Marseille hitman.

Gabriel Jesus – Striker – Palmeiras star moved to Manchester in transfer worth £28m.

OVERALL SPEND: £424m

2015-16 SUMMER TRANSFERS

FORMATION: 4-4-2

GOALKEEPER

Petr Cech – Experienced shot-stopper moved from Chelsea to London rivals Arsenal in a £10m deal.

DEFENDERS

Baba Rahman– Left-back – Ghanaian joined Chelsea from FC Augsburg for £18m.

Nicolas Otamendi – Centre-back – Valencia star joins Sky Blues for fee of around £40m.

Toby Alderweireld – Centre-back – Belgian defender moved to north London from Southampton for £12m.

Matteo Darmian – Right-back – Torino star joined Man United for £13m.

MIDFIELDERS

Roberto Firmino – Left-wing – Liverpool landed 1899 Hoffenheim star in big-money £37m agreement.

Kevin De Bruyne – Central midfield – Belgian superstar returned to Premier League and joined City in £55m deal from Wolfsburg.

Morgan Schneiderlin – Central midfield – Defensive midfielder moved to Old Trafford from Southampton for £30m.

Raheem Sterling – Right-wing – England man moved from Liverpool to City for £50m fee.

STRIKERS

Christian Benteke – Aston Villa forward moved to Liverpool for £40m.

Anthony Martial – Manchester United shelled out cheque which could rise to £57.6m for Monaco ace.

OVERALL SPEND: £362.6m

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addresses Philippe Coutinho issue after failed Barcelona bid

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Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about putting wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho back into his team despite the Brazil international submitting an unsuccessful transfer request.

The 25-year-old, the club’s highest-paid player after signing a new five-year, £150,000-a-week contract in January, tried to force an exit by asking to leave after Barcelona had a third bid of £90million up front rejected.

Owners Fenway Sports Group issued a statement insisting Coutinho would remain a Liverpool player when the summer window closed and that has proved to be the case, although since then there have been reports suggesting he does not want to play for the club again.

The player was unavailable for the Reds’ first five matches with an apparent back injury but came off the bench to score for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Thursday and is expected to feature against Colombia on Tuesday before returning to Melwood.

It remains to be seen whether he will be considered for Saturday’s trip to top-four rivals Manchester City but Klopp is happy to still have the player available to him.

“We still have a really good player in the squad who can play,” said Klopp, speaking to German media outlet SPORT1 after coaching in Nikolce Noveski’s testimonial game at former club Mainz.

“Don’t believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over.

“We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other.”

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Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit hits out at Arsene Wenger’s unmotivated ‘babies’

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Arsenal players need to be told to stop acting “like babies”, according to former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit.

Arsene Wenger’s men have lost two of their opening three Premier League games, including a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool before the international break.

The nature of the defeat at Anfield, where Arsenal did not have a shot on target and had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for the scoreline not being even worse, led Wenger to call the performance “disastrous”.

Former World Cup winner Petit, who helped Arsenal to the double in 1998, believes the players need a major wake-up call if the club are to achieve success this season.

Petit told the Sunday Mirror: “When I see them play they seem to play – without motivation. The blame is put on Arsene, but I cannot see that it is all down to him. Why should it be?

“Why should a player need motivating to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, in one of the best stadiums in the world? Some of them do not seem to know what it means to wear that Arsenal shirt.

“They get good money to play for a club like Arsenal. Yet, so few of them look happy and motivated. How can that be?

“Someone should sit them down and tell them not to act like babies and kids. They should be proud of wearing that Arsenal shirt.

“Many of those players do not seem to realise how lucky they are to be at the club. I just want to shake the tree and tell them how fortunate they are to play at a club of Arsenal’s standing.

“If Arsenal are to achieve anything this season, then the motivation must come back into the team. And the players have to be responsible for that.”

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