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Slater: Manchester duo poised to challenge Chelsea for title

12 August 2017

Romelu Lukaku might have joined Chelsea but ended up at Manchester United for 75 million pounds ($99.18 million), a move that pushed Jose Mourinho's alternative targets Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata towards Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

City have spent around 200 million pounds ($259.46 million) to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams.

"There is no guarantee but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better".

The 54-year-old added: "I think everyone - the top seven - are all in Europe".

Stopping short of a guarantee, Mourinho believes an encouraging pre-season and success in the Europa League last season can propel his side to further success. How long does it take a top player at each club to buy the typical house in that city, and how does the average fan compare?

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The Portugal worldwide has always been touted as a top talent and played a part in his country's Euro 2016 success, but Premier League clubs have so far resisted the urge to make a bid.

"What that now does is if [Kylian] Mbappe leaves [Monaco] and goes to another club, I would guess the fee might have been £90m or £100m".

"But I wish him all the best for the rest of the season".

The United boss admitted he still remains hopeful of signing a wide player, with Mourinho having already conceded it is "game over" for their chances of signing Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. One of which was against West Ham, United's opponents on Sunday as the new Premier League season gets underway.

However, Mourinho has lost a number of key players to long-term injury, including defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw, and wing-back Ashley Young.

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In contrast, Arsenal fans in North London typically earn the most of all Premier League fans at £663 per week.

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It represents a significant change for West Ham, who have looked overseas for many of their signings in recent years, with successes like Dimitri Payet offset by a number of failures in the window.

He said: "It is making it harder than ever because when managers are in trouble they turn to experience".

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Slater: Manchester duo poised to challenge Chelsea for title