Whether these additions will equip Leicester to compete in their new context remains to be seen. They have glamorous tests against Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain before the Community Shield against Manchester United, three big games against big teams. Staying among the elite will be an even harder challenge than embarrassing them all last season.
Pep Guardiola has brought a revolution to Manchester City’s training, banning players from taking part if they are thought to be overweight. But City’s squad has not yet been transformed in the transfer market.
So far City have only signed two players, Nolito from Celta Vigo and Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund. Guardiola wanted a whole new back four when he arrived at City but they are yet to sign a single defender.
This means that the City squad in the friendlies so far has been a curious mix of veteran players and teenagers. They lost 1-0 at Bayern Munich, with Willy Caballero saving them from a worse defeat, before their game against Manchester United in Beijing was called off. They play Borussia Dortmund tomorrow, with far more questions than answers about what Guardiola plans to do.
Arsenal started the summer on the front foot, signing Granit Xhaka for £32million in late May. Since then, though, they have done nothing and now look like being seriously undermanned for the start of the season. They have failed, again, to sign a striker after Jamie Vardy decided to stay at Leicester. It is looking increasingly unlikely that they will get one. The current priority is a centre-back, with Per Mertesacker likely to be ruled out until Christmas with a knee injury.
Then there is the problem of players returning slowly from Euro 2016. Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil do not come back until Monday, and will be racing to be ready for the start of the season. Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny come back the following week and are very unlikely to face Liverpool on 14 August. Suddenly this is an Arsenal squad in need of quick recruitment, especially in defence, if they are to keep up.