‘I like Mourinho a lot’ – Willian reveals failed move to Man Utd

But these new signings will have Premier League points to prove and when added to the genius of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus City are likely to be a serious force this term.

Phil Neville is the latest pundit to express “concern” for Chelsea’s title hopes following the sale of Nemanja Matic to rivals Manchester United.

“The one in front of the camera and another Mourinho in the dressing room”.

Conte has already signed four new recruits so far with goalkeeper Willy Caballero, centre-back Antonio Rudiger, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and striker Alvaro Morata all arriving in recent weeks.

It is too early to say who has got the best of the most frenetic transfer market, but few of the buys come with the proven record that Zlatan Ibrahimoivic brought to United last summer.

Lukaku hit 25 goals last season and provides Mourinho with a younger, more mobile replacement for the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

If reports are to be believed, Mourinho is still looking to sign one more player before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August and if they manage to acquire a versatile winger, they will a resemble a force that should easily challenge for the title. For sure. This league is not easy.

Arsenal’s other newcomer, 24-year-old Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, cost nothing after seeing out his contract at Schalke, where he was voted into the Bundeliga team of the season in 2016-17.

“[Conte vs Mourinho?] They are very different”. The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market.

“Is Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic?”

The Champions League is a competition for the best football teams in Europe, so coming in the top four of the Premier League gives the team a chance to play in the most important competition in European football. If we manage that, we’ll try to finish in the top two.

Brighton & Hove Albion even did it three times, first signing Australian keeper Mathew Ryan, then Dutch midfielder Davy Propper and finally Colombian Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater figure on Conte’s midfield wanted list, with the manager also targeting reinforcements in defence and attack. Although Premier League property cost over £50,000 more than the United Kingdom average (£220,713), the higher price of property means price growth levels are marginally trailing the United Kingdom over the past year (4.67%).

“He seemed like he wanted to leave a year ago at times, although he was very influential and played very well”, he said of Costa.

Some of Burnley’s relegation rivals have heavily invested on new players, with Dyche working under more restrained parameters. “It’s a reality of where the club is at”. “Nobody wants to lose their best players”, Dyche said.