Football never sleeps, and although in some ways it feels like the summer has only just begun, the truth is competitive club football is never far away.

The UEFA Champions League qualifiers are already in full swing, and by the end of the month, we’ll know who will contend in the final qualifying round for the group stage. For some, time is already becoming an enemy as they attempt to manoeuvre their way through a tricky transfer market and acquire the pieces they need in order to compete.

Among Europe’s top teams, fortunes have differed wildly so far. The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been forthright and fast in their moves to improve their squads, whereas clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United have dragged their feet a little. Then there’s Atletico Madrid, who are literally banned from registering anyone for the rest of the year.

We’ve taken stock of what’s happened in the market so far and assessed what else needs to be done for the 15 strongest teams (per odds from Oddschecker) set to compete in the 2017-18 Champions League.  

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Football never sleeps, and although in some ways it feels like the summer has only just begun, the truth is competitive club football is never far away. The UEFA Champions League qualifiers are already in full swing, and by the end of the month, we'll know who will contend...