Erling Haaland’s arrival means Manchester City champions look even more formidable

Manchester City will start next season in their familiar role as title favorites after once again refusing to rest on their laurels.

A year ago they reacted to their Premier League win by shelling out a UK record £100m for Jack Grealish and this time they seem to have done even better by signing Erling Haaland.

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City will claim their third title in a row and fifth in six years (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Norwegian’s £51.1m fee may be barely half that of Grealish, but by luring one of the hottest venues in the game to the Etihad Stadium, City now look like a full team.

It seems strange to consider a powerful striker as the last piece of the puzzle for Pep Guardiola, given how strong his team is, but after two successive titles without significant involvement from a specialist centre-forward, that’s exactly what he does. appears.

The 21-year-old boasts an impressive goalscoring record after scoring 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund and after being ruled out by Liverpool last season, City are now hoping to get clear advantage. The champions also ensured that their midfield resources remained plentiful as Calvin Phillips replaced the departed Fernandinho.

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Interesting Darwin Nunez (right) joined Liverpool from Benfica (Peter Byrne/PA).

However, Liverpool also did not stand still after missing just one point last season and then losing the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp is hoping the arrival of Benfica’s thrilling striker Darwin Nunez will re-energize his attacking line for another title. Considering he is a direct replacement for Sadio Mane rather than an addition to a powerful arsenal, signing him may not be as transformative as signing Haaland, but seeing the Uruguayan team up with Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz is an exciting prospect.

These bold transfer moves by the two top title contenders last season left Manchester United somewhat in the shadows.

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Eric Ten Hag has a big challenge at Old Trafford. (PA Media)

United fell far behind their northwestern rivals last season, falling under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then moving up to sixth under his replacement Ralf Rangnick. New manager Erik Ten Hag has a lot of work to do to bridge the gap with the top two, but his first task will be to set direction and purpose. The arrival of Christian Eriksen could help with that, but uncertainty about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future was a distraction early on.

Chelsea are also looking to get back on track after the uncertainty of the final months of last season, when government sanctions imposed on former owner Roman Abramovich had a large and destabilizing effect. A new era is now dawning under new owner Todd Boli and with Romelu Lukaku out on loan and Raheem Sterling in, coach Thomas Tuchel may also feel his team moving in his direction.

Tottenham, Arsenal, who have made some attractive signings, and West Ham are looking to build on varying degrees of progress made last season, although it remains unclear how good Newcastle can become and how quickly under their ambitious new owner. .

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Nottingham Forest have returned to the top flight after a 23-year absence (Mike Egerton/PA)

Frank Lampard and Jesse Marsh are both expected to see improvement at Everton and Leeds respectively after they faced relegation last season, but Brentford have the daunting task of repeating their impressive first Premier League campaign.

Survival will be the main goal of one of the biggest names in English football at Nottingham Forest as they return to the top flight after a 23-year hiatus. Fulham and Bournemouth also returned after a shorter absence. Players such as Aston Villa, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Brighton will be pushing ahead.

One unknown factor is the impact of the World Cup, which unusually interrupts the campaign for six weeks in November and December, per season. On the one hand, due to the upcoming trips to Qatar, the players should not lack motivation in the first months, but on the other hand, they will want to stay fresh and avoid injury.

He has the potential to change the order of appearances, but even then it is still difficult to support City, who have won their fifth title in six years.