With the new season just over a month away and time running out to imrove their squads for a crack at the title, we take a look at who has done the business in the transfer market and who has some work to do.
Jose Mourinho was able to get his main transfer work done early and as a result Chelsea appear much more calm than many of their title rivals. In Cesc Fabregas he has got a quality player, proven in the Premier League who will add class to their centre midfield alongside the steel of Nemaja Matic.
Despite a poor ending to last season followed by a poor World Cup, Diego Costa looks custom made to succeed in England. He has the strength of Didier Drogba with whom Mourinho had so much success first time around at Stamford Bridge. His temperament remains an area for concern but he undoubtedly has the talent.
Whilst the Gunners have only made one major signing the fact that it is Alexis Sanchez is
a big statement. We saw it last summer with the signing of Mesut Ozil that Arsenal were finally ready to compete with the big boys in the transfer market.
Sanchez adds pace and strength in attack for Arsenal as well as an eye for goal. I for one was a tad surprised that Barcelona let him go as their new star man, Luis Suarez is unavailable until October but their loss is most definitely Arsenals gain. If they can keep their main men fit and add another quality striker to compete with Olivier Giroud and we could be looking at genuine title contenders.
City already had the strongest squad in the Premier League and have added more quality to it with the purchases of Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Willy Caballero. Whilst none of these players are likely to be sure-fire starters they have further increased the strength in depth City have. With a move for Porto centre back, Eliaquim Mangala, rumoured to be close they will only add further strength. Furthermore in letting Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards go, they have removed some players who were earning more than their worth. If they can keep Sergio Aguero fit and appease man mountain, Yaya Toure, it is hard to look past them for another title.
The North Londoners are yet to make a purchase this transfer window and go in to the new season with yet another new manager. After the huge spending spree the embarked on last year following the sale of Gareth Bale it could be tough first year for Pochettino. The Argentine did a fantastic job at Southampton but he could be forced to work with a squad not of his own making. A squad including several underperforming players from last year like Paulinho, Lamela and Soldado.
Liverpool had a wonderful season last year, coming agonisingly close to a first title in the Premier league era. One of the main reasons for their title push was controversial superstar, Luis Suarez.
With the Uruguayan now on his way to Barcelona, Brendan Rogers has been robbed of his most talented player. In Adam Lallana he has brought in a very technically gifted footballer with a good record in the Premier League with Southampton. Rickie Lambert is also a good back up striker and Emre Can is a decent young player who they have managed to acquire for a very reasonable price. However, whilst the squad quality may have improved, losing your most talented player is never easy to deal with. Add to that the fact that Liverpool are yet to deal with their defensive deficiencies from last season and we could see them struggle.
Whilst United fans may be happy that they have delved into the transfer market with a much more assured touch than they did last summer there is most definitely still work to be done. In Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera they have to very exciting young players who are not yet tested at the very highest level. Herrera is yet to play a senior match for Spain and Luke Shaw has only two seasons at Premier League level.
The prices they were forced to pay also proves that United are being held to ransom by teams who know they are desperate to return to Europe at the first time of asking. However if they can push deals through for proven players like Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels they could make it back to the top four.