Chelsea has spent more than any other English Premier League team in a summer transfer window at well over $300 million. Manchester United and Tottenham are among other sides looking to spend more on reinforcements before the window shuts in a couple of weeks.

All at a time when clubs in divisions below the world’s richest league are in a fight for their survival.

As the country experiences a second wave of coronavirus infections, there is no prospect of fans being allowed into stadiums for months, denying the majority of professional clubs in England their main source of revenue.

“Now when the rate is going up and fans aren’t coming in, it’s even worse for football and society in general,” Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “I am worried for League One and League Two teams and lower league teams as well, of course I am, but all the Premier League teams are…

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