Premier League chairman speaks exclusively to The Voice

This time past year, Everton were thought to have had a positive transfer window by splashing out on players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane.

Bridge told Press Association Sport, "I think the early closing of the window appears to have made clubs more reticent to sell players to other clubs in the Premier League".

A fun trivia, Tottenham Hotspurs became the only club in Premier League history to not sign a single player during the Summer Transfer Window.

Figures released by Deloitte show clubs paid out an estimated 1.23 billion pounds before the window closed - down 2 hundred million pounds on the same period a year ago.

The build-up to a new season always brings exciting talking points with fans and the media debating how new players might fare and what the upcoming nine months of Premier League football will bring. Striker Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semi-finals.

His performances for his club also earned him a spot in Brazil's first team and he went on to play every minute of Brazil's 2018 World Cup campaign.

"Of course, it's hard to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said.

Tottenham provided the most players to the World Cup semi-finalists, but strong performances in Russian Federation were not a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.

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

Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was the most expensive player at 71.

Liverpool have spent over £170m on four signings while Manchester City broke their transfer record with the £60m signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester. Everton has already broken its transfer record in the offseason by paying Watford GBP40 million for Richarlison, a striker who didn't even make Brazil's World Cup squad.

Vanessa Coleman