The January spending table: West Ham spent more than all 20 LaLiga clubs COMBINED but five Premier League teams – including Chelsea – signed no-one as spending falls by nearly 70% in just a year
- The Covid-19 pandemic has seen Premier League spending dip significantly
- But West Ham – who paid £20m for Said Benrahama – outspent LaLiga in one deal
- Five Premier League clubs didn’t spend at all, including Chelsea and Leicester
A subdued January transfer window provided some late drama on the final day as Southampton and Everton swooped for two attackers while Liverpool completed a late trolly dash for two centre-backs.
Across January itself though, clubs were cautious with the Covid-19 pandemic mostly forcing managers to stick with what they’ve got for the remainder of the campaign.
Aside from the final day, the most notable deals saw Aston Villa sign Morgan Sanson from Marseille in a £14m deal, West Ham turn Said Benrahma’s move into a permanent deal for £20m and Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard join Arsenal on loan.
Manchester United signed Amad Diallo in one of the few notable moves in January
Arsenal signed Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid
Liverpool signed Ben Davies, one of two defenders to arrive at Anfield on deadline day
Arsenal will be one of the sides most pleased with their month’s work from a financial perspective. Odegaard is an exciting, low-rick deal while Mat Ryan firms up their goalkeeping options.
But off the pitch, shifting Mesut Ozil and his £350,000-a-week wage will be seen as a much-needed achievement by all concerned. The departures of Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi also bring down the wage bill, while there is hope that promising youngsters Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will return from their respective loans at Newcastle and West Brom with their value and ability enhanced.
Villa were one of the few sides to spend sizeable and the arrival of midfielder Sanson shows that Dean Smith’s side are serious about pushing as high up the table as possible after a solid and encouraging first half of the season.
At Brighton, a deadline day swoop for midfielder Moises Caicedo, linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, caught the eye and rounds off a good couple of days for Graham Potter after the 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Burnley didn’t make any major additions of note despite their recent takeover and nor did Chelsea – their biggest move was in the dugout, where Frank Lampard was axed and Thomas Tuchel replaced him.
Crystal Palace, Everton and Fulham bolstered their firepower. Jean-Philippe Mateta signed an 18-month loan deal at Selhurst Park while at Everton, Carlo Ancelotti beat Fulham to the signing of Norway striker Josh King from Bournemouth. The Cottagers instead signed Josh Maia on loan from Bordeaux.
Leeds and Leicester didn’t make any additions while Liverpool left it late before reinforcing their defensive ranks – prompted by the season-ending injury to Joel Matip.
Kwadwo Baah of Rochdale agreed terms over a summer move to Manchester City, while neighbours Manchester United sealed a £37m move for Amad Diallo.
Aston Villa bought in Morgan Sanson from French club Marseille in a £14million transfer
West Ham got in Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season
Takumi Minamino moved from Liverpool to Southampton in a dramatic deadline day switch
There were no new arrivals at Bramall Lane for basement boys Sheffield United while Southampton left it up until the 11th hour before landing Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool.
At West Brom, Sam Allardyce recruited five players to bolster the survival bid of the Baggies while West Ham signed Said Benrahma on permanent terms from Brentford in a £20m deal before completing the signing of Jesse Lingard in a loan move from Manchester United.
Remarkably, West Ham’s move for Benrahma saw them outspend every club in LaLiga, where notably giants Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to count the cost of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The virus definitely curbed spending in the Premier League with the total spend of all 20 clubs – £77.64m – almost 70 per cent less than the £230m that was splashed out upon 12 months ago.
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