English Premier League outspends Europe's top five leagues in January transfer window
- Author: Jill Young Feb 03, 2018,
Feb 03, 2018, 9:41
When Arsene Wenger chose to boost his options in the left-back position in the winter of 2013 and he signed Nacho Monreal from Malaga for a fee of €10m, it was met with a lot of pessimism among the Arsenal faithful, largely due to his rather hefty price-tag and lack of experience in the Premier League. There were also some important sales, most notably of Liverpool's Phillippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
Recent January windows have involved the Premier League's bottom six clubs contribute the majority of gross expenditure, as they invest in an attempt to ensure survival.
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"Not for the first time during Jurgen Klopp's reign at Anfield, Liverpool look set to be in profit from player trading at the end of a transfer window and that is not what the fans want to see in this era of insane spending".
A dominant 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday underlined Spurs' return to form and a win at Anfield would move them ahead of their hosts in the table.
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Liverpool got in early to line up the costliest deal of the month, signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m and making it all but certain from the outset that the £225m record from 2011 would be eclipsed. He will be reunited at the Emirates Stadium with former Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan. Even outside the top six, Everton, relegation contenders before Christmas, spent nearly £50m on Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott. Sanchez was not going to extend his stay beyond this summer and handed in a transfer request at Arsenal. Also, he got the Armenian in return who is a ideal suit in Wenger's free-flowing football and is capable to fit in multiple attacking roles.
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City's chase of Mahrez began after Leroy Sane was ruled out for at least six weeks with ankle ligament damage. Bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion came up with a massive surprise by acquiring Liverpool's prolific forward Daniel Sturridge on loan for the remainder of the campaign. "They are not doing that over the last few months".