Premier League to analyse earlier transfer deadline - league boss Scudamore

Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were opponents on the opening day in 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were opponents on the opening day in 2014

Jurgen Klopp's men demonstrated their ability to beat City on the big occasion last season, winning three of the four meetings between the sides, including a 5-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has revealed that the nation looked into the possibility of appointing Manchester City's Pep Guardiola as their new head coach.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore hopes defending champions Manchester City face a stiffer challenge in the coming season.

The window closes on Thursday Aug. 9, three weeks sooner than normal, with the Premier League season starting on Saturday.

"I have faith in Arsenal finishing fourth because I think their attacking players will cause all the other teams problems", he said.

"I've got to be honest, there was a feeling when we've won the league previously, you came back in to the training sessions and everybody was a little bit less intense, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed". From next season it will be quicker, much slicker, and we will be closer to cracking the communication to make sure fans in the stadium and at home know what is going on. Arsenal have been doing really well in pre-season, Manchester United are always going to be strong.

"For me, my top four would be City, then Liverpool, United and Tottenham".

Mourinho slates Manchester United youngsters
The French attacker didn't get back out to rejoin United's pre-season tour of USA. Top players at Old Trafford know how to be winners.

Liverpool FC, meanwhile, are preparing to host West Ham United at Anfield in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino's side finished a lofty third past year, but Wright is expecting things to be a lot more hard for them this time around. "What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it".

So far, City's only significant arrival of the summer transfer window has been Riyad Mahrez, who completed a £60m switch from Leicester City in July.

City have already banked one trophy after beating Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

However, the Blues swung into action late Wednesday when they agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal which paved the way for Athletic Bilbao 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to move to Stamford Bridge on a seven-year deal worth an estimated £71 million.

On Ings' future specifically, he added: "It's all open, what can I say?"

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