English Premier League Transfers
This year’s transfer windows were brimming with activity as players shuffled in and out for some record-breaking deals. While some may or may not agree with the exchanges made, one thing is for certain. Clubs didn’t shy away from spending anything they may need to restructure their team. A couple of them truly went all out, and others only made a few changes, seemingly satisfied with the structure of their team. Several club records were broken, millions of dollars spent as English Premier League net transfer spending hits new heights this season.
English Premier League Net Transfer Spending
There were plenty of transfers this English Premier League season, and some clubs were more active than others. Arsenal and Manchester United were especially busy during the transfer season with the hopes of finding those key players who would help them catch up with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. Chelsea, on the other hand, couldn’t participate as they were banned from signing any new players for the maximum of the next two transfer windows. They did lose Eden Hazard, a key player, to Real Madrid, however, for a fee of a whopping £130m. This year’s transfer window is quite the doozy.
Manchester City, one of the top contenders for the title were quite busy this season and ended up paying a total of around £145 million. £62 million from that total was spent on former Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, and another £60 million was used to buy Juventus’ Joao Cancelo.
Liverpool seems to be quite happy with their current squad as they were pretty quiet during the transfer season. They signed 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for a fee of £1.3 million as well as a couple of others for an undisclosed fee.
Arsenal dished out a total of £138 on transfers this summer window, with more than half of that money, £72 million to be exact, on winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille. Pepe took the spot for their personal highest transfer fee, a place previously held by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Manchester United, looking to strengthen their defense, obtained Leister’s Harry Maguire for a good £80 million. And also, right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50 million in addition to a couple of other players, spending a total of around £150 million.
Spurs also spent some time, money, and effort scouting for new players. Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis and Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon were signed for £55 million each. The total amount spent was more, around £145 million.
Several club records were also broken. Leicester City spent £40 million on Monaco’s Youri Tielemans, which brought up their spending to £80 million. Brighton also broke transfer records and strengthened their defense with Adam Webster, who they signed for £20 million. Newly promoted team Aston Villa went all out this summer, hoping to be able to take on the best clubs England has to offer, spending a total of £137 million on new signings, with £22 million going to Wesley from Club Brugge and £20 on Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings.