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Comparing the strongest starting XIs of the Premier League ‘big six’ right now

first_img 7 LIVING THE DREAM 7 Often, the players you keep in the summer are more important than the ones you bring in. Chelsea will consider it a minor miracle if they hang onto all four of Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kante, Willian and Eden Hazard.Their current starting XI is undoubtedly strong, and Maurizio Sarri’s philosophy is likely to do it more justice than a confrontational Antonio Conte.The acquisition of Serie A’s best passer in Jorginho is exactly what the Blues needed and, as things stand, they have the Premier League’s best player in Hazard. He is often enough on his own.However, lose any of their star men over the next four days and they will be in deep trouble.Liverpool Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 7 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 7 Liverpool won the transfer window.It has been a summer of content for the Reds, who broke the world-record goalkeeper fee to sign Alisson as well as three top-quality players in Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, spending more than £160m.The gaps have been filled and they appear primed for title contention.Perhaps they are one centre-back away from a successful challenge, though.Tottenham The Gunners’ marquee signing actually came last season: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of world football’s top marksmen. After a summer of rest and a prolific pre-season, you can expect big things from him.With regards to this summer, they have strengthened where needed, with the additions of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos providing a much-needed base to back up their already-impressive attack.Unai Emery is reportedly unimpressed with the centre-backs he inherited, and if they are to make another signing, it will probably be a partner for Sokratis.Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Mourinho is not happy with his squad At first glance, Jose Mourinho’s complaints appear unfounded (as usual). United, on paper, have a top-class side. £47m-signing Fred will bring an extra dimension to their midfield, while Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant will improve the squad’s depth.However, depth is something they seriously lack at the beginning of the season. Mourinho is staring at a totally depleted squad to face Leicester on Friday.He will be without Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard for definite.Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford raced back from their holidays to help out for the Premier league opener, but it remains to be seen if they will be match fit.On top of all that, Mourinho seemingly has little faith in his options at centre-back. They need to act fast.Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld are all linked with a move to Old Trafford.Manchester City targets That’s according to Jose Mourinho, who believes the Red Devils are in for a ‘difficult season’ unless they sign someone urgently (preferably a centre-back).So, what if the transfer window shut right now?talkSPORT.com compares each starting XI to see who is best prepared for the new season, and more importantly, who desperately needs to splash some cash:Arsenal IN DEMAND LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 7 RANKED LATEST Spurs haven’t signed anyone.While they remain strong, this team finished third last year and everyone around them has strengthened. Harry Kane’s 30 goals still left them 23-points adrift of City.Surely they must improve before the window shuts?Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish is their most likely addition.Manchester United 7 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets REVEALED If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Manchester City’s record-breakers are in no need of improvement.They have added former PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez to their ranks, who will rotate with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling on the flanks to bring additional strength to the champions.Bernardo Silva will gradually feature more and more as he fills the boots of his namesake David Silva.However, it is no secret that Pep Guardiola desperately wanted Jorginho, and he is yet to find a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Fernandinho. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on 7 Everybody stay calm. There’s still four days to go until the transfer window closes.Unless you’re a Manchester United fan. Then you should definitely panic. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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