Premier League clubs spend record £150m in january transfer window

Kristopher Nichols
February 4, 2018

"Such is the level of competition for a coveted top-four position in the Premier League, as well as ongoing European battles, that top clubs have been willing to break with more traditional summer investment strategies to steal a march on their rivals mid-season", Jones said.

The Gunners are close to finalising an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, after their latest bid of around £60m.

1 - every club made at least one signing, with Manchester United and Tottenham contenting themselves with a solitary addition apiece - Sanchez and Lucas Moura respectively.

Aubameyang posted a message on Instagram apologising for the circumstances surrounding his departure from Germany but describing himself as "crazy".

"I never had any bad intentions".

Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrives in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle.

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Total expenditure could have been even higher if big-spending runaway league leaders Manchester City, who had already smashed their transfer record by bringing in defender Aymeric Laporte, had persued Leicester's gifted playmaker Riyad Mahrez.

4 - Stoke and Watford made the most signings in the Premier League this month.

Swansea signed Andre Ayew from West Ham, reuniting him with his brother Jordan, West Ham then snapped up Jordan Hugill from Preston North End for £10m.

Newcastle, just a point above the bottom three, sealed a similar season-long loan move for Islam Slimani, the Leicester striker. Slimani has struggled to live up to his £30m price tag as Leicester's most expensive signing, with 13 goals in 46 appearances since his arrival in 2016.

Premier League football clubs have spent a huge £1.9bn on players in the 2017/18 season - a 35% rise on last season, the latest data from Deloitte shows.

Other big deals included Virgil van Dijk joining Liverpool for £75m, Philippe Coutinho leaving Anfield for Barcelona for £146m and Ross Barkley quitting Everton for Chelsea for £15m.

German World Cup victor Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost by finally agreeing to a new contract that will see him become the highest-paid player in the club's history, at about £350,000 a week, according to the BBC.

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