Spending frenzy at England's Premier League transfer window

Clyde Nash
February 3, 2018

Who had the better of a record breaking January deadline day?

Premier League clubs spent £430 million pounds (NZ$829m) in the January transfer window to shatter the previous mark of £225 million (NZ$434m) set in 2011, said a report by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

Right - take a deep breath - Arsenal signed Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund, Dortmund signed Michy Batshuayi (on loan) from Chelsea, and then Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud.

However, they strengthened what was probably their only area of weakness in the first team with the capture of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

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The Swans said they had re-signed the 28-year-old for a club record but undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year contract, reuniting Ayew with brother Jordan at the Liberty Stadium.

However, this year produced a trend more commonly associated with the summer windows as total expenditure by clubs in the big six came to £265m.

Everton got most of their business out of the way early, taking Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth more than £20m and signing Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m.

Despite holding their own in this season's Champions League and domestically, Liverpool and Spurs are not even in the top 10 for net spend on transfers in the Premier League this season.

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In an unusual shift from bottom to top, the clubs fighting it out for the Champions League places accounted for two-thirds of the expenditure last month. Nonetheless, they kept busy, shelling out £165m, which alone would've been a record in 2015.

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The £340m recouped by Premier League clubs was also a new January record, with Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona accounting for a significant percentage of that total. With the tech giants expected to compete this time that should rise once again.

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