Since then, goalkeeper Ederson Moraes was signed from Benfica along with fullbacks Kyle Walker from Tottenham, Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, and Danilo from Real Madrid.
Signing Walker was particularly eye-catching. The Ohio State product led the league in rushing yards last season by a wide margin, running for 1,631 yards while the next closest, Jordan Howard, had only 1,313.
Rather than being a platform to build on to challenge for a first title since 1961, Tottenham's ownership appears more focused on building its new stadium.
They were hardly troubled in the latter stages of their previous campaign, setting a record for the most wins in a season on their way to 93 ladder points.
But Everton has reinvested the Lukaku windfall.
The danger for Chelsea is that the harmonious atmosphere re-established by Conte after Mourinho's bitter departure is eroded.
Chelsea had wanted to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge, a transfer thwarted by Mourinho.
The season was saved by a pair of titles, the League Cup and Europa League. Jose Mourinho was not telling fibs when he said there was a marked difference between the Champions League and the Europa League in quality.
The 2016-17 Premier League followed a season that had a finish that took the football world by surprise and gave the League one of its most enterprising and underdog stories.
16 goals in the Premier League, coupled with a WhoScored rating of 7.81, meant the Belgium was a favourite on the game last season. His hold-up play was just as important, however, and his ability to get Brighton up the field will be crucial when they take on the Premier League giants this time around.
Yet, there is set to be a knock-on effect, particularly at Liverpool.
The ongoing Philippe Coutinho saga at Liverpool has reached an ultimatum, according to the Daily Mirror.
Playing three at the back may enable Guardiola to associate Aguero and Jesus in attack, after he generally used a single-striker system last season following Jesus's arrival in January.
It wasn't to be, but there's no doubt that the midfielder will be key to Spurs' upcoming campaign.
Well the main change between Dream Team this season and last season is that entry is absolutely free for all managers, with the golden prize pot at the end of the shiny rainbow an eye-popping £750,000.
Losing Sanchez would jeopardize Arsenal's attempt to rejoin the elite. Bale dealt with a litany of injuries last season, but still had nine goals in 27 appearances and is considered a pivotal part of Real Madrid's quest to repeat as Champions League and La Liga champs.
"Normally the second season should be better than the first because you know the club, you know the players".
March said that most fantasy league players are overly obsessed with picking the top players. United are still a little light when it comes to guile at the top end of European football, but the Premier League puts greater weight on physicality. Mix in the opposition Newcastle who unlike the Hammers above haven't been as successful in the transfer market as their manager Rafa Benitez expected and we could have a situation where Kane will face an opponent already with unrest within the camp.