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Joe Cole was sent off on his Liverpool debut against Arsenal in 2010

"Raheem and Kevin had three weeks off after the World Cup, which is not too much time [for pre-season] but they both arrived in the flawless way", Guardiola explained.

Tottenham and Manchester United made no signings on 9 August. It crowned a deadline day that, broadly, proved far more productive for the Premier League's mid-ranking clubs than its elite.

That figure could still be reduced if players are sold to overseas clubs and Bridge continued: "It leaves you thinking 'where does it go in the next three weeks?'".

West Ham's signing of forward Lucas from Arsenal yesterday took their total spend to £91m, while Everton's last-minute purchase of Yerry Mina nudged their investment to around £87m.

Versatile full-back Matteo Darmian has been linked with a return to Italy, but injuries to summer signing Dalot and the experienced Antonio Valencia leaves them short at right-back.

And the Red Devils made a dramatic late approach for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin - but he is now expected to sign a new deal with the Spanish club.

The losers of deadline day?

Fulham signaled its determination to stay in the Premier League by becoming the first promoted team to spend over 100 million pounds ($128 million) in the summer transfer window.

Jean Michael Seri was a transfer target for Barcelona just 12 months ago, but will now be lining up at Craven Cottage rather than the Camp Nou along with former Nice team-mate Maxime Le Marchand, German World Cup victor Andre Schurrle and Alfie Mawson, who earned an England call-up earlier in the year.

But manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he is happy with his squad after tying down the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min to new contracts.

"If you compare with Europe, you are at a complete disadvantage and it does not help the clubs in the Premier League", Pochettino said on Spurs' tour of the United States. Jose Mourinho's team have been unimpressive in pre-season and their only notable acquisition in the transfer market has been Brazilian midfielder Fred. Ukraine worldwide Andriy Yarmolenko is a huge talent while Issa Diop, a giant defender from Toulouse, appears tailor-made for the Premier League.

Silva, who featured in all three of Manchester City's warm-up matches as well as the Community Shield, looks set to start against Arsenal on Sunday.

Tottenham spent enormously to reconstruct their stadium and there was little left to commit into bringing more players to beef up the squad. Benitez is in the a year ago of his contract at Newcastle and friction with owner Mike Ashley looks certain to continue.

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