Premier League clubs have beaten their own record spending on transfers in the winter transfer window, with an amount so far of £440 million (R$ 2.8 billion), of which $1.1 billion) corresponds to Chelsea alone, according to a study by the Deloitte office published on Tuesday.
Gross spending by Premier League teams this Tuesday afternoon surpassed the previous record, which was £430m (R$2.7bn), set in January 2018.
“January 2023 has already broken the spending record for every previous winter window, as Premier League clubs look to bolster their squads ahead of the second half of a crucial season,” explained Calum Ross, deputy director of Deloitte’s Sports Business group.
Chelsea, bought by American billionaire Todd Boehly, have been particularly active this window, spending approximately £88m (R$558m), including variables, to sign 22-year-old Ukrainian prospect Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The London club also signed Ivorian David Fofana, who was in Molde, Norway; Frenchman Benoit Badiashile, from Monaco; and the Portuguese João Félix, loaned by Atlético de Madrid, as well as the young Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, from Vasco, and the Englishman Noni Madueke, from PSV Eindhoven.
Another of the big transactions in January was the arrival at Liverpool of Dutchman Cody Gakpo, one of the revelations of the 2022 World Cup, for 44 million pounds (R$ 279 million), from PSV.
One week before the window closes, the record could still rise. Last year, investments in the last week of the market were 105 million pounds (R 666 million), reaching a total of 295 million pounds (R$ 1.9 billion) in total.
“The 2022-2023 season has seen clubs massively invest in their squads and, to date, Premier League clubs have spent over £2.4bn on player transfers, including transaction amounts during the mid-year window,” explained Ross.
“The arrival of new owners and the availability of financial resources that allow disbursing record amounts to maximize performance continue to contribute to record levels of spending”, continued the expert, for whom such investments show that English clubs have recovered economically after the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19.
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