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.
MAROUANE Fellaini, Belgian midfield bruiser at Everton, looks all but set to move to join his former boss David Moyes at Manchester United.
With the deal looking likely from the moment Moyes left for Old Trafford, with hours left before the transfer window slams shut dramatically, Fellaini has reportedly handed in a formal transfer request to his club.
With the background agreements likely to have been thrashed out already, I would be very surprised if Fellaini isn’t a Red Devil by midnight.
ARSENAL fans must be feeling like top transfers are a bit like buses today, after waiting all summer for a big name and then Mesut Ozil and Demba Ba come along.
Rumours are rife that the capture of Real Madrid’s German international Ozil is all but a done deal, with personal terms and a 50m Euro price tag already arranged – smashing Arsenal’s previous transfer record by around £30m.
And now it is believed that Chelsea are in talks with The Gunners over a loan deal to allow Ba to move across London.
Exciting attacking moves for Wenger’s men.
LIVERPOOL kicked off transfer deadline day with the signing of Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori, and have confirmed the signing of France defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain.
With the recent injury to Kolo Toure, the Anfield club have been after additions to the back-line – and today two have been secured.
London-born 6ft 3in centre-back Ilori, who moves from Sporting Lisbon, has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level.
He said: “I know the history of the club and the Premier League is the best league in the world, in my opinion.”
Paris St Germain’s Mamadou Sakho – as well as Chelsea loanee Victor Moses – wsd alongside Ilori at Sunday’s game ahead of his arrival today.
Speaking after the match, Rodgers said: “We hope the deals can be completed.
“We need that depth and more numbers. If we can get them over the line, they are quality players.
“And having competition for places is a nice problem to have.”
MANCHESTER United and Arsenal fans will miss out on seeing Kaka this coming season after the Real Madrid Galactico agreed a deal with Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 31-year-old last week revealed he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years – having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 – and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner to return to Serie A, beating the two british clubs and another unnamed Serie A team to the signature.
A statement published on Milan’s official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.
TRANSFER Deadline Day is here, the most exciting window-based day in the footballing calendar.
And with it comes the news that a Premier League club has finally completed its transfer dealings – Stoke have confirmed the signing of Austria forward Marko Arnautovic on a four-year contract from Werder Bremen.
The 24-year-old becomes the fourth new arrival under manager Mark Hughes following the signings of Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi.
The club said on their official Facebook page: “Stoke City are delighted to sign Austria international winger Marko Arnautovic from German side Werder Bremen.
“He joins on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.”
Oh, and Gareth bale has moved to Real Madrid for a world record 100m Euro transfer fee.
Looks like today could be a humdinger.
SO THE dust is now settling on another deadline day’s deals, and to help showcase some of the best business done today, here’s my top team of players who were on the move.
Minus Peter Odemwingie, for obvious reasons…
GK – Butland (Stoke)
DEF – Shea (Stoke), Samba (QPR), Monreal (Arsenal)
MID – Beckham (PSG), Jenas (QPR), Scharner (Wigan), Townsend (QPR)
ATK – Graham (Sunderland), Balotelli (AC Milan), Becchio (Norwich)