Premier League clubs took their January transfer window spending to unprecedented levels last month with a combined outlay of more than £550m. Here are the top five busiest January transfer windows in Premier League history, ranked by fees paid.
Chelsea led the way in the Premier League’s biggest winter window to date, signing more than half a dozen players including Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile and Noni Madueke as new owner Todd Boehly continued his squad overhaul.
Virgil van Dijk’s move to Liverpool, Arsenal’s signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aymeric Laporte joining Manchester City were among the top deals when England’s top clubs set their previous January transfer window spending record five years ago.
English teams put any remaining pandemic frugality firmly behind them last year, with the biggest trend being Newcastle United putting their Saudi-backed funds to use by spending more than £90m on four new signings, including Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier.
Manchester United’s £68m acquisition of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon helped propel Premier League clubs to what was at the time their second biggest January total.
This was the January transfer window that drew to a breathless climax with Chelsea buying Fernando Torres and Liverpool signing both Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll – whose careers diverged dramatically thereafter – and proved an outlier for seven years.