The winners and losers of the English transfer window

The transfer market can be a chaotic but occasionally rather predictable place

Fulham became the first promoted Premier League club to spend more than £100m with a deadline-day splurge, including André Frank Zambo Anguissa for £30m, while Wolves have also recruited heavily and broke their transfer record this week by paying £18m for the Middlesbrough winger Adama Traoré.

In an abbreviated trading period when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than 1.2 billion pounds, there was one anomaly by the close of business on Thursday.

The Premier League transfer window is over for the summer.

Tottenham, who have achieved three consecutive top-three finishes under their highly regarded manager Mauricio Pochettino, are still paying for a lavish state-of-the-art new stadium estimated at over £800m and it would appear the mounting cost prevented the club splashing the cash on new players at the same time.

Sterling only began his pre-season preparations on Monday after enjoying an extended break following his participation at the World Cup where he helped England reach the semi-finals before their defeat to Croatia.

And City defender Kyle Walker epitomised the squad's hunger for more silverware by cutting short his post-World Cup holiday to return to training ahead of the Community Shield. But strong performances in Russian Federation weren't a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.

The highest-profile deal at that stage was midfielder Mateo Kovacic joining Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid - with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois going the other way permanently.

"Over the last few years, a manager we revere has forged an exciting team that has challenged for top honours".

"We [already] spent a lot on young, young players for the next seasons".

City, who also finished 19 points clear of their nearest rivals last term, have made just one major signing over the summer with the £60 million (Dh281m) club record acquisition of Riyad Mahrez.

Jose Mourinho could find excuses should the club fail to excel or win any silverware this season as Manchester United fell short of the required number of players needed for reinforcements, only managing to grab only of a possible six players in the transfer window. The 23-year-old Mina, a Colombia defender, cost €31-million ($46.4-million), while 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Gomes moved to Goodison Park on a season-long loan.

Everton took their transfer spending past 270 million in the last 12 months after making three late additions.

Pep Guardiola's City won the Premier League with 100 points last season (Martin Rickett/PA).

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