Summer transfer window sees drop in spending for first time since 2010

Paola Ditto
Agosto 10, 2018

I respect and don't judge - they spend what they can spend with Financial Fair Play.

Liverpool FC placed in fourth spot and finished 25 points behind Manchester City, although the Reds knocked the Citizens out of the Champions League thanks to a 5-1 aggregate win in the quarter-finals.

"When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is hard to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

The highest-spending clubs were Liverpool (£165m), Chelsea (£120m), Fulham (£105m) and Leicester City (£100m), representing around 40% of the aggregate gross player transfer expenditure by Premier League clubs.

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)". "That is my experience at Barcelona and Bayern Munich".

Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup.

"They returned on Monday". "They trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine they are not really fit and ready".

"Because it is very important their feeling and to understand how they think they can help or not help".

"I said we would sign one or two, but the second one wasn't possible".

Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived before the end of July, with Jurgen Klopp eager to work with his full squad throughout pre-season.

"Is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second".

"Equally, it appears to have removed the element of panic-buying, whereby a club may have a poor start to the season and think "we've got to go out and spend to safeguard our future in the Premier League".

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