Paul Stewart column: Liverpool are the likeliest challengers to Manchester City

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In a move created to end disruption and allow English clubs to focus on their football, Premier League clubs had agreed to close the summer transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 season.

Premier League clubs voted last summer to bring forward the closure of the domestic window to yesterday instead of the end of the month.

In contrast to the changes in west London, Tottenham in the north of the English capital has yet to add a single signing ahead of its first season in a new 62,000-seater stadium.

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.

Pochettino decided keeping players was the priority after a third successive top-three finish.

Mina scored three times in three games at the World Cup in Russian Federation, including against Everton's England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a dramatic stoppage time header to send their last 16 tie to extra-time.

While overall spend may be down, Premier League clubs did spend a record £880 million to transfer-in players from overseas clubs (compared to £770 million in 2017).

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Rondon said in the club statement: "It's an honour to be here and I'm excited to get started with my team-mates". Rondon will provide Newcastle with the physicality that Gayle lacked and act as a focal point in attack.

Kepa Arrizabalaga never made it on the pitch for Spain in Russian Federation but Chelsea broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper by meeting an 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid was already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the €35-million ($52.45-million) fee with Chelsea.

Signed by Liverpool when they desperately needed some strength between the sticks, we can certainly hope for greater things to come from this young Brazillian. One guy who doesn't see the player or any training sessions every day has to judge if [Douglas] has the ability and quality to play.

Barcelona defender Yerry Mina joined Everton as prohibitive agent demands put off United and no offer is understood to have been tabled for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan rightback has committed to a four-year contract with Brighton, with the move subject to global clearance.

The Premier League's 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.

His recruitment is seen as a key piece of business for Liverpool, who finished fourth last term as well as reaching the final of the Uefa Champions League, strengthening an area which has been open to criticism for several years.