Premier League set for best season yet

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Next year's Premier League season looks set to be one of the most thrilling yet, with a host of teams looking to challenge for the title

The summer transfer window is often as chaotic as the footballing season that comes before it, and this summer looks to be no different. 

The managerial merry-go-round began before the season finished, clubs have already smashed their transfer records and every day there are new rumours splashed across the back pages. 

Despite all this, once the curtain was drawn across the 2012/13 season, everyone was eager for next year's campaign to begin and here are five reasons why it could be one of the best ever.

1. Financial power

While the rest of the country is still battling through a rough economy, it seems that clubs throughout the Premier League haven't been effected.

Tottenham and Swansea have already smashed their transfer record, with Spurs signing Paulinho (£17m) and Swansea snapping up Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool for £6m. Furthermore, Arsenal look set to sign Gonzalo Higuain for £22m. It is interesting to note,  FIFA's fair play rules came into play last year and all clubs must have broken even in three years time. While these rules are admirable, it hasn't stopped clubs like Manchester City spending big and I am sure we will see some more huge deals before the end of the transfer window.

2. The return of Jose Mourinho

Love him or hate him Jose Mourinho is back where he is loved. Mourinho and Roman Abramovich, who once endured a frosty relationship, seem to have put their differences aside in the hunt for further silverware. 

The former Chelsea boss had arguably his worst stint in coaching while at Real Madrid, only winning the Copa del Rey and La Liga once each in his three years in charge. 

Despite this it would be stupid to underestimate Mourinho who takes over a strong Chelsea side and will be desperate to challenge the Manchester clubs recent dominance of the league.

3. Moyes swaps blue for red

It was the news no Manchester United fan wanted to hear, sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. 

The Scot decided to wave goodbye to the game by winning his 49th trophy and 13th Premier league title. Days after, David Moyes was appointed as manager.

It will be interesting to see how Moyes copes in his first year in charge as there has never been so much expectation as well as competition within the league. 

Ferguson will still play a part within the club through his directors role, but it will be enthralling to see how Moyes transitions from the blue of Everton to the red side of Manchester.

4. The European battle

The competition for a place in the Champions League has never been higher. 

Arsenal, fresh from their celebrations of finishing fourth last year will want to challenge for the top spots. 

This is evident in the way Arsene Wenger is ready to finally spend the transfer funds at his disposal. 

If London rivals Tottenham can keep hold of Gareth Bale and make some astute signings in the window they will also be battling for a top four spot. 

The last team from the capital looking to compete is Chelsea, the Blues have a strong squad and with Mourinho returning look odds on to end the season in the top four. 

Up north Liverpool have missed out on Europe all together, but it could work out to be a blessing in disguise as it will give them a chance to concentrate on their domestic form. 

Finally the Manchester clubs, both with new managers, will look to continue their dominance. However both managers are inexperienced in the English title race and that could favour Mourinho's Chelsea for the top spot.

5. The World Cup is just around the corner

The World Cup is next summer and this means that every player in the league will want to up his game and get selected for their country. Manchester City signing Fernandinho has stated that he came to England to have a better shot at making the Brazilian squad and next summer will be in the back of every player's mind.


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