January Transfer Window Closes with Five-Year High Spending

The January transfer window shut in England at 23:00 GMT and at midnight in Scotland on Monday, 1 February. Late big-money deals of Stoke and Everton took the expenditure of transfer window to a five-year high of £175m. Premier League clubs have invested a record £1.045bn on signings in the 2015-16 season. The Potters signed Giannelli Imbula from Porto in club’s record fee of £18.3m, while Everton invested £13.5m on Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse. The previous record of spending in a season was £965m in 2014-15.

Remarkably, the clubs in the bottom half of the table spent a large amount in this transfer window. The commitment of the new transmitted deal for Premier League clubs from next season onwards and the risk of relegation forced the clubs to invest in a try to stay in the top flight.

The top story of the day related to football was about a managerial appointment instead of a signing. Manchester City declared that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be their new manager when Manuel Pellegrini will quit his job with them at the end of the season.

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Last day of transfer window has become an occasion in its own right in English football, but this season’s would have been a frustration to most experts. The two deals worth over £10m included players little known to Premier League fans. Stoke signed uncapped French midfielder Imbula, the most expensive UK signing of the window, whereas Everton hired Senegal striker Niasse.

Watford contracted two players for unrevealed fees on the last day, gave both to Granada on loan. The signings of Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and Udinese striker Adalberto Penaranda are described to be worth £16m, after which they became the January’s top spenders with £34m. The third most expensive British signing on the last day came outside the top flight, with Championship side Middlesbrough investing £9m on striker Jordan Rhodes from divisional opponents Blackburn. While, no teams within the top eight Premier League positions signed anyone on transfer deadline day.

Here is the record of transfer spending from 2003-04 season to onward

Season

Summer transfer window January transfer window Total
2003-04 £215m £50m £265m
2004-05 £215m £50m £265m
2005-06 £235m £70m £305m
2006-07 £260m £60m £320m
2007-08 £470m £175m £645m
2008-09 £500m £170m £670m
2009-10 £450m £30m £480m
2010-11 £365m £225m £590m
2011-12 £485m £60m £545m
2012-13 £490m £120m £610m
2013-14 £630m £130m £760m
2014-15 £835m £130m £965m
2015-16 £870m £175m £1.045bn
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