Sunday 21 January 2018

Premier League clubs spent hundreds of millions on overseas transfer recruits

Romelu Lukaku was the window's biggest transfer in the Premier League
Romelu Lukaku was the window's biggest transfer in the Premier League

Over half a billion pounds changed hands between Premier League clubs alone in this summer's transfer window, with Ligue 1 also benefiting from a big slice of English clubs' spending.

Late moves for Mamadou Sakho and Danny Drinkwater took the total above the £500million mark, with finance analysts Deloitte putting the figure at £545million.

Romelu Lukaku's £75million move from Everton to Manchester United was the biggest between Premier League clubs, with Nemanja Matic a £40million arrival at Old Trafford from Chelsea.

Tottenham received £45million from Manchester City for Kyle Walker and Everton spent a similar amount to bring Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal for around £35million.

Only eight players arrived from France but they included fees of over £40million apiece to take Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City.

Tiemoue Bakayoko's £34million move to Chelsea and Serge Aurier joining Spurs on deadline day for £23million helped Ligue 1 clubs rake in £205million from the Premier League, according to figures collated by Press Association Sport.

Nine arrivals from LaLiga totalled a reported £134.2million, with almost half of that spent by Chelsea on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, while a nine-figure sum headed to Italy as well after Davide Zappacosta's late move from Torino to Chelsea took the total to £119million.

That was just more than the amount spent on players from the Championship, £118.7million - although that sum included more than twice as many players, 15 as opposed to seven.

In contrast, 13 arrivals from the Bundesliga totalled less than £40million, with the bulk of the money going on West Ham's purchase of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen and Oliver Burke's move from Leipzig to West Brom.

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