Manchester United and Leicester City will step out on the Old Trafford turf for the opening round of the 2018/19 Premier League season, slightly burdened by the success of the England national football team in the previous summer's World Cup.
Manchester United have been linked with yet another defender in the form of Diego Godín.
Ahead of the big kickoff this weekend, City's squad is largely the same and has been boosted by Riyad Mahrez's arrival, so which of the chasing pack is best equipped to pose a challenge? Belgium keeper Courtois only had a year left on his deal and has been absent from training this week as he looked to push through a reported £35million move before the transfer window ended for the Blues and their Premier League rivals at 5pm BST on Thursday.
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.
Talking of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's men completed their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 victory against Italian side Torino last night.
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Both clubs have England internationals who went on an extended dalliance in Russian Federation and have only recently returned from their holidays.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore says there has been a "mixed response" to the earlier deadline.
"As with all these things, it's only when it comes upon people - but again it wasn't a unanimous decision to do it, so there's bound to be some dissent still around".
"A few other clubs in the Premier League also interested in him".
"It is going to be challenging, particularly for the promoted clubs, who effectively have two-and-a-half weeks less. But there are other clubs who say they haven't got time and wish we hadn't chose to do it".
"If we don't make our team better it will be a hard season for us". I believe in drafting engaging content for my readers.