TAKE YOUR POSITION, buckle up and hold on to your hat – the transfer window is officially open.
And with Saudi Newcastle poised to splash its petrodollars and create an almighty stir, it promises to be one hell of a ride.
Last summer, “conservatives” injected £1.1billion into the Premier League amid the pandemic.
It was the lowest gross spend since 2015 and all signs point to that number being smashed out of the park by 11pm on September 1st.
Overseas deals may have to officially wait until July 1st, but the fun and games are about to begin.
Newcastle spent the most money across Europe in January – and all eyes will once again be on the richest club in the world.
The big boys already have enough to do as they attempt to break Manchester City’s stranglehold on the title.
But while City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp are unlikely to lose sleep over Eddie Howe and his mags, the others will be watching nervously.
Newcastle’s Saudi paymasters are poised to win it and have the firepower to blow everyone out of the water.
Talking about the toon is about a gradual process – but after they set up their £92million booth in January, expect more fireworks.
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Despite failing to win any of their first 14 games last season, Newcastle ended up just nine points behind sixth-placed Manchester United.
And if they get their recruitment right, gatecrashing Europe cannot be ruled out.
Being there for Benfica shooter Darwin Nunez shows how serious the Toon are.
Signings of this nature might have to wait a season or two as the Uruguay star is close to a move to Liverpool.
With their quadruple hopes blown, the Reds were left to react as City made the statement to end all statement signings by landing Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland for £51.4million.
The Norwegian striker makes City overwhelming favorites to take three titles on the go.
Sadio Mane is set to join Bayern Munich and Mo Salah’s future at Anfield is in the air, meaning uncertain times in the red half of Merseyside.
However, the arrival of Nunez could be a turning point and ensure Klopp’s side face City’s juggernaut once more.
The question is if anyone can challenge the top two teams in the country.
WHAT ABOUT THE LONDONERS?
Weaker after losing Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid, Chelsea head into uncharted waters without Roman Abramovich funding.
New owner Todd Boehly has pledged funds but it’s London rivals Spurs who are best placed to make progress.
Antonio Conte is fully on board – for now – thanks to Daniel Levy, who is vowing to loosen the purse strings.
Ivan Perisic is a solid start but Conte is in a hurry and will demand a lot more.
After Arsenal threw away a top-four spot last season, it’s a huge campaign for boss Mikel Arteta.
Most fans “still trust the process” but the Spaniard needs to deliver Champions League football with Man City forward Gabriel Jesus his main target to propel them back into the elite.
And is this the summer that Man Utd AT LAST to team up?
New coach Erik ten Hag has a monster job in store to stem the Red Devils’ decline and even if Cristiano Ronaldo stays around, no one will trust them to win the title this time around.
With Newcastle set to make waves and Aston Villa already doing so, West Ham cannot afford to stand still if they don’t want to fall behind after sixth and seventh.
Everton and Leeds will both spend money to ensure they don’t flirt with relegation again, while newly promoted Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has been handed a transfer fund of almost £100m.
And all that before we get to the quirks of this winter’s World Cup.
With Qatar on the horizon, players on the periphery will certainly not be happy to sit out until January.
Gareth Bale is on the hunt for a new club before leading Wales into the Gulf and fellow freebie Jesse Lingard has something to prove as his England hopes dwindle.
The summer roller coaster is just getting started, so brace yourself for the carnage that unfolds.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5529909/premier-league-transfer-spending-record-newcastle/ Premier League clubs are spending more than ever as the transfer window opens and Newcastle look to challenge big boys