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Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United surprises Frank Lampard

11 August 2017

Building a Premier League title challenging team for less than half of what Neymar cost (and only twice more than the fee received for Kyle Walker) is highly impressive from Pochettino, and while last season's expensive signings were largely a disappointment and only one of them is a guaranteed starter, it actually only serves to make the starting lineup look even more impressive in comparison. Their stock has plunged so dramatically they can be backed at double figure odds to win the title this year and are fifth favourites in the outright betting behind Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all keen on the Dutchman. United also earned 10, with Arsenal on nine.

Claudio Bravo's continual struggles were an ongoing storyline at City last term and Pep Guardiola has added presumptive number one Ederson to his squad this summer.

The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs.

Scudamore, however, admits he was pleased that a Premier League club was not involved in the transfer deal which saw Paris Saint-Germain pay Barcelona a world-record £200m for Neymar.

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Although Conte has brought in striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, he is finding it hard to sell another forward - Diego Costa. The champions had a close race to the finish with Tottenham Hotspur snapping at their heels till the last.

Hart, on a season loan with the Hammers from Manchester City, has a serious fight on his hands if he is to be Gareth Southgate's first-choice option in Russian Federation next summer.

Across all matches last season, United's shot conversion was woeful, with just 9.14 per cent of their total shots ending up in goals.

The Premier League rejected that criticism, saying its model supported all of its clubs "to put on competitive and compelling football, and compete in European club competitions".

" I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

Craig Bellamy insists he has never been so excited for the start of a Premier League season.

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In what has been a busy summer since the 2016-17 season ended, Arsenal have signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record deal and Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer ahead of the new season.

That mark was the league's fifth worst and significantly more than their key rivals.

What's the highest reasonable goal your team has and what needs to go right to get there?

Last meeting: You don't have to cast your minds back very far for the last time the sides locked horns, with the Reds taking on City as recently as 21 July on tour in the United States in the first-ever derby on foreign soil. Spurs (nine) and United (12) came out best in that category. Third-place City finished 15 points behind champions Chelsea, with Tottenham Hotspur in second place.

"We have rules in place that ensure the clubs are sustainable, clearly you can not pay the absolute top dollar for every player". That tally was only bettered by Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku. On top of that, he is infinitely more mobile than the Swede, and in theory should allow the team to play in a faster and more expansive style.

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