City United: Evolution of a Rivalry

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For the first time since the summer transfer window was introduced 15 years ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham Hotspurs. Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semifinals.

Tottenham, who have achieved three consecutive top-three finishes under their highly regarded manager Mauricio Pochettino, are still paying for a lavish state-of-the-art new stadium estimated at over £800m and it would appear the mounting cost prevented the club splashing the cash on new players at the same time. But a return of just two points from their opening three home games meant Tottenham were playing catch-up virtually from the off. Asimilar result at Newcastle will provide the flawless response to the questions raised in recent days, yet whatever the outcome, Tottenham's approach to the recent transfer window will continue to be placed under close scrutiny.

Tottenham provided the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists, but strong performances in Russian Federation were not a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.

United are hoping to get two last minute deals done before today's 5pm deadline and Mourinho previously warned executive vice-chairman they'd be facing a "difficult" season if they didn't bolster the squad.

"But fans come to watch the team".

"If we don't make our team better, it will be a hard season for us". And a squad that most rational observers would agree could benefit from more depth.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has boldly predicted the Reds will overhaul Pep Guardiola's side who dominated the top-flight last season.

"The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams".

Despite the English transfer window *slamming* shut at 5pm on Thursday evening, those on the continent still have the ability to add to their squads for the upcoming campaign until the end of August - meaning, if you thought we were done with transfer rumours, you were sadly mistaken.