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Cristiano Ronaldo for Man Utd and ten more stars who could make debuts this weekend

Transfer deadline day: Premier League round-up

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The Premier League saw an influx of superstar arrivals at the business end of the summer transfer window as the world’s strongest league continued to display its pulling power.

A total of £1.1billion was spent by Premier League clubs this summer, with fans across the country waiting excitedly to see their new players in action.

Arsenal topped the spending list with an outlay of £150m as Mikel Arteta’s side aimed to strengthen their ranks, with new £20million signing Takehiro Tomiyasu in line for his debut against Norwich this weekend.

And with many clubs breaking their transfer records including Manchester City, Chelsea, Brighton and Burnley, a new wave of excitement has washed over the league.

Yet, it is not just the record signings or the mega-money deals that have excited Premier League fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has sparked a frenzy over when his second debut will occur.

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Joining from Juventus last month, Ronaldo’s 12-year hiatus from Old Trafford has finally come to an end as he looks to exude his excellence at the Theatre of Dreams once more – potentially playing against Newcastle United this Saturday in a much-awaited return.

Elsewhere, Saul Niguez could make his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa on Saturday evening after joining on a loan-to-buy deal from Atletico Madrid. With Chelsea needing a specific midfield type to complete the final piece of their team, Saul could very well go straight into the starting XI against a new look Villa side.

A treble of debuts could occur for West Ham in their tie against Southampton on Saturday; with Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral all potentially thrust into action at St. Mary’s. Zouma and Vlasic cost in the region of £30m each, whilst Kral completes a Hammers Czech trio of himself, Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek.

Dan James’ move from Man United to bitter rivals Leeds was well documented across the last few days of the window, and with United’s other rivals Liverpool the visitors to Elland Road at the weekend, they could well give the speedster a run out against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

James almost moved to Leeds in the winter of 2019, but after an eleventh-hour deal fell through, he moved to Manchester instead.

Yet with the arrival of Ronaldo, James was shunted down the pecking order and a £28m move to West Yorkshire was finally agreed with James over the moon with coach Marcelo Bielsa’s continued interest.

“You’ve seen with the players he’s [Bielsa] had over the years how much he’s improved them and that’s the thing I’m looking forward to most – seeing how he sees football,” James said.

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“He obviously thinks I can fit in that system.”

Elsewhere, Emerson Royal could make his debut for Spurs in a crunch tie against Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime, while Odsonne Edouard could line up against the Brazilian after his move to Selhurst Park from Celtic on deadline day.

Finally, Ademola Lookman could make his fourth English debut for Leicester at home to reigning champions Manchester City, whilst Brighton’s marquee signing Marc Cucurella is in line for an English debut away at Brentford.

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