The Premier Leagues Winter Transfers

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This year’s January transfer window has been the most expensive in the Premier League since 2018.  

After a summer transfer window, that saw over £1 billion spent on Premier League arrivals, it was not to be expected that this year’s winter arrivals would be this costly.

A total of over £300 million was spent by the Premier League clubs across the January window, with Newcastle leading the way.  

It comes as no surprise, however, to see Newcastle displaying the deepest pockets this winter.  When Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund bought an 80% stake in Newcastle Football Club last October, it made Newcastle one of the wealthiest clubs in the world.  Therefore, with the winter’s window being their first opportunity under such backing, they made sure to take full advantage.

Spending over £93 million on the signing of new squad players, Everton, Liverpool and Aston Villa were the next clubs to follow suit. Everton’s outlay of £40 million on the addition of Dele Alli, along with the signing of Nathan Patterson for £13 million and Vitaliy Mykolenko for £22 million made them the second-most spendthrift club.

Liverpool’s sole signing of Colombian winger, Luis Díaz from Porto was January’s most expensive signing, closely followed by that of Newcastle’s £40 million purchase of Olympic Lyon’s defensive midfielder, Bruno Guimarães.  

Only 11 of the Premier League clubs decided to open their cheque books, with 9 clubs opting to make no new additions to their squads.  Leeds and Leicester were the only two clubs to not even welcome returning loans to their squad.

For those clubs that did decide to spend, only Burnley and Manchester City returned a positive net spend.  With the departure of Burnley’s frontman, Chris Wood to Newcastle, and City’s Spanish winger, Ferran Torres to Barcelona, both clubs concluded their transfer windows with a net income of around £15m and £40m respectively.

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Biggest Arrivals

Despite no headlines being made involving record transfer signings, there has still been a wealth of notable introductions, or re-introduction, to the Premier League that we can all get excited about.

  • Auston Trusty:  £1.6 million

Colorado to Arsenal

  • Phillipe Coutinho:  Loan

Barcelona to Aston Villa

  • Christian Eriksen:  Free

N/A to Brentford

  • Kacper Kozłowski:  £9.9 million

Pogon Szczecin to Brighton

  • Deniz Undav:  £6.3 million

Union SG to Brighton

  • Wout Weghorst:  £12.6 million

Vfl Wolfsburg to Burnley

  • Jean-Philippe Mateta:  £9.9 million

Mainz 05 to Crystal Palace

  • Vitaliy Mykolenko:  £21.1 million

Dynamo Kiev to Everton

  • Nathan Patterson:  £12.6 million

Rangers to Everton

  • Luis Díaz:  £45 million

Porto to Liverpool 

  • Julián Álvarez:  £14 million 

River Plate to Manchester City  

  • Bruno Guimarães:  £40 million
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Olympique Lyon to Newcastle

  • Kieran Trippier:  £13.5 million

Atlético Madrid to Newcastle

  • Rodrigo Bentacur:  £17 million

Juventus to Tottenham

  • Dejan Kulusevski:  £9 million Loan

Juventus to Tottenham

  • Hassane Kamara: £3.6 million 

Nice to Watford

  • Samir: £4.5 million 

Udinese to Watford

  • Chiquinho:  £3.15 million

Estoril Praia to Wolves

Biggest Departures

Although the headlines on transfer day are typically captivated by the Premier League’s newest arrivals, there have still been multiple departures, some to big-named players, who we may never see play in the Premier League again.

  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles:  £450,000 Loan

Arsenal to Roma

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:  Free

Arsenal to Barcelona

  • Wesley:  Loan

Aston Villa to Internacional

  • Jürgen Locadia:  Free

Brighton to Vfl Bochum

  • Filip Benković:  Free

Leicester City to Udinese

  • Nathanial Phillips:  Loan

Liverpool to Bournemouth

  • Neco Williams:  Loan
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Liverpool to Fulham

  • Ferran Torres:  £49.5 million

Manchester City to Barcelona

  • Anthony Martial:  Loan

Manchester United to Sevilla

  • Axel Tuanzebe:  £540,000 Loan

Manchester United to Napoli

  • Todd Cantwell: Loan

Norwich to Bournemouth 

  • Bryan Gil: Loan

Tottenham to Valencia

  • Giovanni Lo Celso: Loan

Tottenham to Villareal

  • Tanguy Ndombélé:  £1.3 million Loan

Tottenham to Olympique Lyon

  • Adama Traoré:  Loan

Wolverhampton to Barcelona

Biggest Changes

We have welcomed this winter’s Premier Leagues additions and said our farewells to those leaving.  Yet, there have still been some big changes between the Premier League teams that will we have to become accustomed to seeing play in a different kit.

  • Calum Chambers:  Free

Arsenal to Aston Villa

  • Lucas Digne:  £27 million

Everton to Aston Villa

  • Dele Alli:  £40 million

Tottenham to Everton

  • Anwar El Ghazi:  Loan

Aston Villa to Everton

  • Donny van de Beek:  Loan

Manchester United to Everton

  • Chris Wood:  £27 million

Aston Villa to Newcastle

  • Dan Burn:  £13.5 million

Brighton to Newcastle

  • Matt Targett:  Loan

Aston Villa to Newcastle

With the completion of yet another transfer window, we can only hope that such costly pay-outs produce the end to the season that all Premier League fans expect.

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