Premier League to analyse earlier transfer deadline - league boss Scudamore

Jose Mourinho

However, he also, maybe surprisingly, thinks Newcastle United will repeat their top half finish, despite a lack of ambition shown in the transfer market. First off, they're closing a deal to acquire Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, and the £71 million release clause they paid will make him the most expensive shot stopper in world football history.

United already had the players at home last season to make it hard for City, but they could not.

"I think the gap is too big to breach so quickly for some of the other teams chasing, like Liverpool and [Manchester] United".

City broke a number of records in 2017/18, with their Premier League points tally hitting the 100 mark in what was an unprecedented achievement.

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City's Premier League rivals that his side will only get better than they were last season.

After the global break, attention turns to Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (Saturday, October 20th, 5.30pm) and Leicester City v West Ham United (Saturday, October 27th, 5.30pm).

Tottenham have made no moves in the market but crucially they have kept hold of their key players, and the attacking combination of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli will relish the chance to shine at the club's new stadium, due to open in September. "That's why I am backing Jurgen Klopp's side to pip them to the title".

Premier League clubs will not be able to complete loan deals or sign free agents after this deadline either.

Boss Mourinho is not optimistic that any of those players will arrive at Old Trafford before the end of play today, although the club are understood to be trying to do a deal. "But there are other clubs who say they haven't got time and wish we hadn't chose to do it". Will it happen? I don't know but we believe we can do it.