A British transfer record was shattered on deadline day as an unprecedented transfer window ended in January with Premier League clubs spending £2.8bn over the 2022-23 season.
More than £275m was spent on deadline day alone before the window for English clubs closed at 23:00 BST on Tuesday.
Spending on deadline day was an 83% increase over the previous January record of £150m, set in 2018.
And while absolutely peak season spending across both the summer and winter windows was yet to be guaranteed 1.9 billion pounds was recorded in SeptemberThe final total is double the previous record of £1.4 billion set in 2017.
The 2018 winter spending record of £430m has already been smashed by Premier League clubs ahead of deadline day on Tuesday, with total spending in 2023 90% more than that – and almost three times the previous January window (£295m). pounds sterling), accordingly. Deloitte Financial Services.
The Premier League’s financial dominance in Europe has increased to the highest ever reported, with spending by English top-flight clubs making up 79% of the total across Europe’s ‘big five’ football leagues, with spending in January falling by 35% from 2022 to €255m (£225m).
In fact, Chelsea spent more in January than all clubs in Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Serie A combined.
Among English Football League clubs, spending rose to £25m, compared to £20m in the previous winter window.
Tim Bridge, Principal Partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, said: “Premier League clubs’ spending this season exceeds anything we’ve seen before.
Premier League clubs have outscored those in the rest of Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues around four to one in this transfer window, allowing them to hold on to their key players, while attracting the best talent from abroad.
“However, while there is a clear need to invest in squad size and quality to maintain a competitive advantage, there will always be a good balance between prioritizing success on the pitch and maintaining financial sustainability.”
What deals are done on the deadline?
Chelsea The late grab of Fernandes was the headline on deadline day as the Blues smashed a British transfer record – previously Manchester City paid £100m for Jack Grealish in 2021 – to land the 22-year-old World Cup winner.
in another place, spurs Announce the signature of the full back Pedro Burrow from Sporting Lisbon on loan until the end of the season, with an obligation to buy for €45m (£40m) – while the defenders Matt Doherty (permanent) and Jed Spence (loan) was allowed to leave.
Premier League leaders Arsenal It was boosted by the £12m acquisition Italian midfielder Jorginho From Chelsea while he was in fourth place Manchester United He completed the loan deal of Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich.
Southampton He ended the window with a late flurry of activity, completing a club record £22m deal for the Ghana winger. Kamal Eddin Suleiman As well as hiring Nigeria striker Paul Onuacho.
Bournemouth The heart of Ukraine’s defence Elia Zabrny for £24m, and Ivory Coast midfielder Hamed Traore on initial loan ahead of a £20m summer transfer.
side promotion fellow Nottingham Forest They were also busy closing deals for the Atletico Madrid Brazilian defender Felipe Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for an undisclosed fee, while PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas arrived on loan.
Leicester City Defender signed Harry Soutar from Stoke City in a deal that could rise to 20 million pounds with add-ons, and Crystal Palace Signed France Youth International Nuero Ahamada From Stuttgart for €11m (£9.7m).
Experienced the departure of a high-profile Premier League upset Manchester city full back Joao Cancelo He joined Bayern Munich on loan for the rest of the season, with an option of €70m (£61.5m) to join permanently in the summer.
What are the biggest January transfer window?
Chelsea’s deal with Fernandes was a fitting end to another amazing window. Amid another impressive spending spree, the Blues agreed an £89m deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for the 22-year-old Ukraine striker. Mykhailo Modric earlier in January.
In addition to the deadline for Jorginho’s signature, Arsenal The Belgium striker signed Leandro Trossard from Brighton for £21m plus add-ons, along with Jacob Kewer From Serie A club Spezia for €20m (£17.6m).
in another place, Liverpool He agreed a €40-50m (£35.4m-£44.3m) deal for the Netherlands Cody Jackbo23 years old, from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
And Newcastle United Signed 21 years old Anthony Gordon From Everton it could eventually be worth up to £45m.
There was a lot of money spent among the current teams in the bottom half of the league as well Leeds United The signature of the French striker Georginio Rutter20, from Hoffenheim for a club record €40m (£36m).
Bournemouth He also recruited the Burkina Faso winger Dango Ouattara From Lorient for about 20 million pounds sterling and lester Paid 17 million pounds for the defender Victor Christiansen
After selling .15 million pounds sterling Danny Ings to West HamAnd Aston Villa The teenage Colombia striker was signed John Doran From Chicago Fire for 18 million pounds.
Spending in the Premier League is dominated by Chelsea’s big-action side
It has been an unusual pair of transfer windows for Chelsea since the club’s £4.25bn sale to a consortium led by US investor Todd Bohle last May.
And it seemed that way even before an impressive sum was finally agreed with Benfica for Fernandes late on deadline day.
It is the latest bold statement of intent in the early days of Chelsea’s new reign under Bohli, which has seen more than £550m spent on new signings.
Their spending in January alone exceeded £300m on eight new players, with Modric and Malo Gusto (£30.7m), Benoit Badiachel (£35m), Noni Madueki (£30.7m), Andre Santos (£18m) and David Datroux Fofana (£8m-£10m) all also added on permanent deals.
Meanwhile, talented 23-year-old Portuguese striker Joao Felix has moved to Stamford Bridge on a €11m (£9.7m) loan from Atlético Madrid.
It came after a summer that saw them spend a record £270m in the Premier League – the second-highest summer outlay of any club in the world after Real Madrid (£292m) in 2019.
In total, Chelsea accounted for 37% of the total amount spent by Premier League clubs in January.
January deals that weren’t
Despite all the money spent, not everyone got what they wanted.
Morocco striker Hakim Ziyech Proposed deadline to move from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain It seemed to fall apart as the player waited in Paris because the documents to complete the transfer were not submitted in time.
Arsenal An offer of £60m had been rejected by the club Brighton In pursuit of the midfielder Moises CaicedoDespite the midfielder confirming his desire to leave the club in an open letter on his Instagram account. This came after defeating Arsenal to sign Modric by chelsea.
England midfielder Connor Gallagher He decided to stay at Stamford Bridge despite struggling interest in the Premier League everton.
Indeed, despite former Burnley boss Sean Dyche appointed the club’s new manager on Monday, the 19th-placed Toffees did little work on deadline day.
But, after all the excitement, who do you think was the best big-money signing in the January 2022-23 transfer window? Have your say below.