A remarkable summer transfer window closed on Thursday with a slew of new spending records – including the most expensive deadline-day signing ever for the £82million purchase of Manchester United Anthony.
That deal helped set a new Premier League spending record of around £1.9bn.
Nine of the top 20 clubs spent more than £100m as total spending bounced back after two seasons of Covid-hit contraction.
Other records included:
- Premier League clubs spend more than Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga combined
- Chelsea spend more in a window than any other club in Premier League history
- Manchester United break their own summer spending record
- Nottingham Forest have signed more players in one summer than any other British club
Total spending by the 20 clubs during the window, which ran from 10 June to 1 September, was 67% higher than total spending of £1.1bn the previous summer.
According to financial services firm Deloitte, the 2022/23 season already boasts its highest transfer spend since the start of the two-window season, before this season’s January transfer window has even happened, beating the previous record of £1.86bn set by the 2017-18 was established 3%.
Some of Deloitte’s other key takeaways from the window include:
- Gross spending across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 – rose 52% to £3.88bn;
- Premier League clubs accounted for 49% of this spending, the highest share since summer 2008 and almost triple the second-biggest Serie A spend (£646m);
- Premier League clubs’ net transfer spending topped £1bn for the first time ever;
- Premier League clubs have signed 169 players, compared to 148 in summer 2021 and 132 in summer 2020;
- The proportion of players signed for a fee increased from 45% in summer 2021 to 66% in summer 2022;
- Championship club gross spending more than doubled from the previous summer to £86m, but still well below pre-COVID levels (3-year average 2017-19: £169.4m);
Tim Bridge, Lead Partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, said: “The record level of spending during this transfer window is a clear indication of Premier League clubs’ confidence as fans return to stadiums and a new broadcast cycle begins.
“It’s now become an integral part of the Premier League that clubs are willing to pay significant sums to maximize performance. This season, the desire to attract player talent has reached a new level as the pressure on clubs to stay competitive is higher than ever before.”
What were the signatures on the deadline?
Fourteen of the 20 Premier League clubs made at least one signing on the reporting date. Highlights include:
Manchester City are strengthening their defense with the signing of the Swiss international Manuel Akanji a five-year contract from Borussia Dortmund.
As well as Antony, Manchester United agreed a loan deal for Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on deadline day.
Everton signed a couple of midfielders with the Senegalese international Idrissa Gueye Return to the Toffees of Paris St-Germain and Manchester United’s James Garner.
Liverpool have also added a midfielder to their squad in the form of the Brazil international Arthur Melo Joining a seasonal loan from Juventus.
Leicester have signed the Belgium centre-back Wout Faes from French club Reims on a five-year deal to replace Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea for around £70million on Wednesday.
Nottingham Forest signed three players to make it happen 21 new faces This summer, defender Loic Bade is the latest to be loaned out by Rennes.
Fulham had a busy deadline day, bringing in four players including the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder willian,
Chelsea announced the last two deals of the evening Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The move from Barcelona under a two-year contract and the Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria on a season’s loan from Juventus.
What were the big transfers of the summer?
It was the start of a new era at Chelsea this summer when Todd Boehly took over from Roman Abramovich and the American billionaire certainly made his mark by spending more money in a single window than any club in Premier League history .
According to football website transfer marketmore than £250m has been spent on Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, which is also the case second highest summer spending by every club in the world after Real Madrid (£292m) in 2019.
Manchester United broke their own spending record and finished second on the Premier League spending list.
They brought on the likes of Casermiro, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez in the summer, with the deadline-day capture of Antony taking their total spend to around £214m – the fourth-highest summer spend by a single Premier League club of all time.
It was also a summer of strikers, as a number of goalscorers made big money moves, including Erling Haaland to Manchester City, Darwin Nunez to Liverpool, Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, Gianluca Scamacca to West Ham and Alexander Isak to Newcastle – the latter two being clubs – record deals.
|Manchester United||£214 million|
|west ham||£163 million|
|Nottingham Forest||145 million pounds|
|Manchester City||125 million pounds|
Buy a new squad
Nottingham Forest are back in the Premier League for the first time since 1999 and judging by their summer shopping they are determined to stay there.
Steve Cooper’s side have embarked on an extraordinary spending spree, signing a staggering 21 new players for £145m, breaking the UK record for most signings in a single season.
According to Transfermarkt Crystal Palace, the previous English record was in the summer of 2013 with 17 new signings. The British record was previously held by Livingston in the summer of 2001 and Dundee United in 2000 with 19 signings.
It could have been 22 new faces but a late move to sign Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea fall through.
|Dean Henderson||Remo Freuler|
|Wayne Hennessy||Lewis O’Brien|
|Cheihou Kouyate||Giulian Biancone|
|Jess Lingard||Mussa Niakhate|
|Brandon Aguilera||Orel Mangala|
|Harry Toffolo||Emmanuel Dennis|
|Ui-jo Hwang (on loan to Olympiakos)||Neko Williams|
|Renan Lodi||Omar Richards|
|Josh Bowler (on loan to Olympiakos)||Willy Bally|
|Morgan Gibbs-White||Taiwo Awoniyi|
The pressure that money can bring
With such lavish sums being spent across the division, the pressure has been increasing on clubs who may not be able to afford such exorbitant transfer fees.
Scott Parker lamented that his Bournemouth side were “ill prepared” for the Premier League after beating Liverpool 9-0 last weekend.
Owner Maxim Demin replied by dismiss him two days later: “We also have to show faith and respect for each other.”
Leicester also had a quiet window, signing just two players and letting a number of established stars go, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and key defender Fofana, who made it clear he wanted to leave the club for a few weeks before finally making his move to Stamford completed bridge.
The Foxes also started poorly on the pitch and were booed by their own fans after Thursday 1-0 home loss to Manchester United left the club rooted to the bottom of the table.
Like Parker, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has publicly expressed frustration on his club’s lack of transfer activity, although perhaps not quite as explicitly as the former Cherries manager.
“I understand the frustration of the fans. They see all their rivals bringing in players and we’re not getting any,” he said after United’s defeat.
“Seeing clubs in the top five leagues add players and we couldn’t do it was difficult. We needed help and we couldn’t do it.”
“With all due respect, we didn’t get the help this team needed in the market.”
Despite Premier League spending hitting record highs, there were still a number of deals that never materialised.
Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave Manchester United This summer, just 12 months after his return from Juventus, the Portuguese striker remains at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils also agreed a £63.5million deal for Frenkie de Jong with Barcelona, but a dispute between the Spanish club and the Dutch midfielder ultimately scuppered the move after a chase lasted much of the window.
Everton winger Anthony Gordon was the subject of a £45m bid from Chelsea but the Toffees were unwilling to sell the England Under-21 international and eventually managed to keep him at Goodison Park.
Arsenal made a late move to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz but saw two offers, the latter worth £23million. rejected from the Midlands Club.
But perhaps the most unusual non-transfer story was Deadline Day Bamba Dieng.
Leeds were confident enough to sign Marseille forward Andrea Radrizzani tweeted that the club should “welcome” him to Elland Road.
But with the 22-year-old at the airport ready to travel from France to Britain, Marseille’s Ligue 1 rivals Nice stepped in to steal the deal.
But there is more.
With a €9 million move seemingly imminent, Dieng had a minor medical problem and the deal fell through.
As Radrizzani later tweeted: “Part of the madness of Deadline Day”.