In Summary
  • Mahrez bolsters City's already impressive array of attacking talent.
  • Jose Mourinho made an early splash as he spent £52 million on Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazil midfielder Fred and a further £19 million on Porto defender Diogo Dalot, but the Manchester United manager was still underwhelmed by his club's business.

LONDON

With the Premier League's transfer window closing on Thursday, the top title contenders have completed their squad building until January.

Here AFP Sport looks at how the division's elite teams fared in the transfer market and what their prospects are for the coming season:

Manchester City

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After sweeping to the title with a record 100 points and more wins and goals than any previous team in the Premier League era, it was tough for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to improve his stylish side.

Guardiola opted for only one significant new recruit, landing Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a £60 million swoop. Mahrez bolsters City's already impressive array of attacking talent and, while Guardiola missed out on Italy midfielder Jorginho, who instead joined Chelsea, the champions' combination of youthful swagger and world-class talent still makes them favourites to reign supreme again at the end of the season.

Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho made an early splash as he spent £52 million on Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazil midfielder Fred and a further £19 million on Porto defender Diogo Dalot, but the Manchester United manager was still underwhelmed by his club's business.

Mourinho spent much of United's pre-season tour of the United States grumbling about the lack of depth in his squad and reportedly feuding with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over failed approaches for defenders Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Toby Alderweireld. After finishing second last season — 19 points behind City — United look no closer to bridging the gap to their hated rivals.

Tottenham

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