Premier League Smashes January Transfer Window Record

Premier League clubs spent a record £430 million in the January transfer window as top sides scrambled to boost their squads in the race to secure lucrative Champions League spots, according to analysis by Deloitte.

The sum spent was nearly double the previous record of £225 million, with deadline day alone, January 31, seeing clubs complete deals totalling £150 million ($214 million, 172 million euros), also a new record for the winter window.

Deloitte’s Sports Business Group estimates spending by Premier League clubs in the 2017/18 season to be a record £1.9 billion, eclipsing last season’s record of £1.4 billion.

“Premier League clubs have taken the opportunity to refresh their squads in January before the decisive phase of the season,” said Dan Jones, a partner in the accountancy firm.

Nearly two-thirds of the gross expenditure was by the top six, while the bottom six accounted for about a fifth.

The winter transfer window usually sees the bulk of spending by clubs at the bottom of the league as they attempt to spend their way to survival from relegation, although last month’s splurge is more like a normal summer window.

“Such is the level of competition for a coveted top-four position in the Premier League, as well as ongoing European battles, that top clubs have been willing to break with more traditional summer investment strategies to steal a march on their rivals mid-season, with several club transfer records being broken in this window,” said Jones.

He added that international trade had flourished, with the highest-ever January gross overseas outlay in Premier League history (£260 million), but also the highest amount of January receipts from abroad (£185 million), with names such as Philippe Coutinho and Diego Costa leaving England and (Aymeric) Laporte and (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang arriving.

Brazil midfielder Coutinho moved from Liverpool to Barcelona after five seasons at Anfield, while Chelsea’s wantaway Spanish striker Diego Costa left for Atletico Madrid.

Manchester City spent £57 million on Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte and Aubameyang signed for Arsenal for £56 million.

Liverpool got in early to line up the costliest deal of the month, signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m.

One of the most high-profile transfers, Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, was a straight swap deal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the opposite direction.

A new January transfer window record for player sales was also set, with deals totalling £340 million, leaving net transfer expenditure at £90 million.

“While another record-breaking season catches the eye, Premier League clubs’ expenditure continues to be well within their means in the context of revenue generated,” said Jones.

“Estimated 2017/18 net spend of £755 million represents just 17 percent of forecast 2017/18 Premier League revenue, in line with the average over the 15 years since the first transfer window in January 2003, as clubs’ increase investment in players in proportion to the overall growth of the football business.”

Offers For Eagles Defender, Abdullahi Pour In From Premier League

Merseyside clubs including Everton and Liverpool are interested in acquiring the services of Nigerian defender Shehu Abdullahi.

The 24-years-old right back currently plays for Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta.

“Yes, we have offers from Spain, France, Italy and Merseyside clubs in England,” a Mitem Sports Sprl source told 90MinutesGoal.com

“We will study which offer is best for our client, since he will be a free agent after the World Cup,” the source concluded.

Shehu has been in great form for both club and country as he helped Nigeria qualify for her sixth World Cup and also helped his club reach the summit of the Cypriot league table with 12 matches played.

A move away from Anorthosis Famagusta looks likely in January, but the management of the club will likely want to hold on to the player when his contract expires after the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

I Am Going To “Kill” My Players If We Fail To Win Premier League – Guardiola

Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has vowed his team are condemned to finish the season the way they started or he’ll ‘kill’ the players.

City continued their Premier League dominance with a 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday seeing them maintain their eight-point lead at the top, scoring 40 goals and conceding just seven in the process.

The Spaniard said there was no chance of his team becoming complacent despite their stunning form.

“That is not going to happen because I am their manager,” Guardiola said.

“The team, that is not going to happen. I’ll kill them. Complacency doesn’t happen in my teams.

 

“They can play bad, teams are going to beat us, that happens.

“But if you see the team, they have the desire to have the ball and play. We are not a team that speculates about absolutely anything. That’s not going to happen.”

Guardiola’s men have made a flying start to the season, dropping just two points from the first 12 games,

City have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League but they host Feyenoord on Tuesday.

 

Real Madrid To Get More league Points Than Man Utd

Madrid met United in California last month in a match that finished 1-1, with the Premier League side prevailing in a comical penalty shootout, but before that match, the Portuguese manager said: “You try to compensate the difference in quality with a certain tactical organisation and with that you can win in football.

“You try to compensate the difference in quality with a certain tactical organisation and with that you can win in football.

“It’s possible a team is on a certain day better than the sum of the parts. But the parts are amazing, their relation with the ball is amazing. So, we try not to compare ourselves to them.”

It seems something of a defeatist argument from a coach who has won it all at club level, especially considering his United side cost more than the one fielded by counterpart Zinedine Zidane in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday in Skopje.

According to Marca , United’s XI for this match in Macedonia was bought for a total of €413 million, while Madrid’s cost €273m – and that included €100m on Gareth Bale alone.

On the pitch, however, it was Madrid who looked more comfortable than their rivals – even with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.

It was no vintage show either from the European champions. Casemiro’s opening goal was marginally offside, while Romelu Lukaku missed a couple of great chances for United.

But Mourinho’s earlier assessment was correct – Real have better players and are simply slicker with the ball at their feet.

 

Source: Goal. Com

Manchester United High Expectations On Pogba

Midfielder John Pogba decries of how much is expected from him from the Manchester united side due to his world record transfer fee and stressed that he is doing a fine job as a midfielder for the Premier League club.

Pogba, who returned to United from Italian champions Juventus for 89 million pounds ($111.86 million) in August, has been subjected to a constant wave of criticism after scoring just seven goals in 43 appearances this campaign.

“When I give some assists to people and we don’t score it can happen, nobody talks about this – but it’s fine because they want me to score goals because of the mountain of the transfer,” The France international told British media.

“The people are looking at me. They judge me for not scoring goals… I am doing a job. I am a midfield player and people think I’m an attacking player.

“People are looking me saying ‘Pogba should score goals’, ‘Pogba should do this’ – I think you are putting me like as a striker, defender and midfielder.”

United, who are fifth in the league, host Chelsea on Sunday and last won a league game against the leaders in 2012. The last three league meetings between the sides at Old Trafford have all ended in draws.

However, United’s immediate attention will be on the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal against Belgian side Anderlecht on Thursday.