DEADLINE day spending by Premier League clubs pushed the total splashed out in the summer transfer window to £630million – smashing the previous record.
Analysis by the business advisory firm Deloitte said spending on players was 29% up on the 2012 figure of £490m and £130m more than the previous record of £500m set in 2008.
Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “The story of this summer transfer window is of new records: a new record for Premier League spending as well as a new world transfer record fee.
“Premier League clubs’ gross spending this summer is £630m, beating the previous record of £500m set in 2008. Whilst the sale of Gareth Bale brought £85m into the Premier League, net spending is also a record, at £400m.”
The record spending follows the start of the huge new Premier League TV deal which will top £5.5billion over three years.
Jones added: “As the financial rewards for participation and success in the Premier League increase, so it follows that clubs are investing on the pitch to ensure they continue to benefit from the remarkable Premier League growth story.”
Top-flight clubs spent around £140m on deadline day compared to £110on the same day last year.
The four English clubs competing in this season’s Champions League – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – accounted for for £230m, 37% of the total. With Tottenham having spent more than £100million it means the leading five clubs last season made up more than half of all spending.
FINNISH 17-year-old striker Joel Pohjanpalo came on for HJK on Sunday with his team trailing one-nil to Mariehamn.
In the first match of the season, Pohjanpalo netted on 71, 72 and 74 minutes – inside two minutes and 42 seconds.
The treble, which is the fastest in Finnish footballing records and close to the fastest of all time, was also a perfect hat trick of header, left foot and right foot.
YESTERDAY’S dramatic Women’s World Cup win by Japan over the USA set Twitter a-flutter.
The micro-blogging site has confirmed that the game was responsible for a massive 7,196 tweets-per-second at its climax, closely followed by the end to the Copa America match-up between Paraguay and Brazil which set a staggering 7,166 to place second the very same day.
The previous record was set by Japanese folk celebrating New Year’s Eve 2010, which hit 6,939 tweets-per-second at its peak.
HUMAN hairdryer Sir Alex Ferguson has been spouting more hot air than most over Manchester City’s current spending spree.
The Manchester United manager – who has broken the British transfer record on no fewer than three occasions – has said Manchester City’s mega summer ÃÂ£100m-plus spending spree is “kamikaze” and the wrong way to go about achieving sustainable success.
Over the past few months Roberto Mancini has brought in David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng, Mario Balotelli and James Milner for a nine-figure sum.
So I was amazed to learn today that SAF admits that he had never seen his new striker Bebe play before the ÃÂ£7.4m recruit arrived at the club’s Carrington training ground.
A whopping ÃÂ£7.4m for a player he’s never seen kick a ball, not even on video?
Yowsers! Makes ÃÂ£24m for utility man James Milner look almost worth it.