With the financial pressures on top of a summer of injury woes and suspensions, it’s a wonder a few clubs can keep their heads above water.
But it’s not all gloom and doom for the football world, with some of the most well-regarded clubs also being in the midst of an exciting period.
Here’s what’s on the cards.1.
West Ham United 1.
West Ham United have a fantastic business plan.
They’ve spent millions on recruitment, signed the world’s best players and secured the services of world-class players, while also managing to keep their wage bill below £150m.
And they’ve done it all without compromising on their quality.
The Hammers have already re-signed one of the best players in the Premier League, and will be hoping that with the likes of Wilfried Bony, Adnan Januzaj and Marcus Rashford also in their squad, the squad can take on some of those same qualities for the future.
Leicester City LeBron James was in attendance at the weekend for their pre-season training session, and was asked how the club is going to make money off the back of all the big names they signed last summer.
“I think Leicester are going to have to have a bit of a bit more money,” he replied.
It’s an interesting response.
But James also knows how hard it is to spend money when you’re not at the top of the Premier Leagues pyramid, so his words might just be a bit out of place.
Arsenal Arsenal’s financial situation isn’t all that different to other Premier League clubs.
However, the Gunners have already announced that the club will be able to sell players at a cheaper price, in an effort to boost revenue and improve the club’s financial position.
For their part, the club have also stated that they are still considering a number of offers for players, and are expected to make a decision on the most suitable one in the next few days.
Chelsea The Blues will be one of many Premier League sides who are in a similar situation to Chelsea, who have already been forced to make some financial decisions on the back-burner due to the ongoing injury crisis.
A lot of the Blues signings were a result of the club signing the world-record £80m signing of Diego Costa, but it’s been difficult for them to sell some of their top players.
There is also a question mark over whether they can afford to keep players like Willian and Pedro, who were the first two signings of the summer, and there are concerns over whether players like Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Willian will be sold at the right price.
Manchester City Manchester United will be without a host of key players for the second half of the season, as they wait for a new manager to be appointed.
Jose Mourinho was appointed last month, but the manager has already made a number and is also yet to announce a new signing.
City have already lost captain Vincent Kompany to a hamstring injury, while defender Sergio Aguero is also expected to miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury.
Despite that, the manager is hopeful that the squad will be stronger for the trip to Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League, which will be played on Saturday, April 6.
Newcastle United The Bluebirds are in the middle of a rebuilding period, having sold both goalkeeper Steve McClaren and striker James McCarthy this summer, with the latter returning to the club on loan.
McCarthy has also had a difficult time with the injury bug, and is currently nursing a hamstring strain, while McCarthy has struggled to find his feet in the United side.
This will be the second time the club has missed out on a big signing of the transfer window, as midfielder Yoan Gouffran left for Juventus on loan earlier this summer.
Borussia Dortmund The Bundesliga outfit have also been without the services to replace star player Mats Hummels for much of the last year.
They are now in a position where they need to make decisions on whether to bring in another player, or whether to part ways with Hummel, but will need to do so quickly if they are to keep Hummes place on the bench.
Dortmund are also looking at their transfer targets, with new signing Sebastian Rode taking the place of the injured Hummings.
Tottenham Hotspur Talks are ongoing with Tottenham over the signing of Gareth Bale, and a deal could be close to completion.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already stated that he is keen to bring Bale back to White Hart Lane, and the player himself has said that he’s happy to stay at the club.
Pochettino is also hoping that Tottenham can secure a player to