London - Premier
League spending in the January transfer window fell for the first time
since 2012, with clubs paying a total of £180 million for
new players, according to football finance experts at Deloitte.
Nearly a third of the total expenditure was accounted for by
Chelsea's outlay of around £55 million for Christian Pulisic from
Borussia Dortmund, according to the figures.
Last year's winter transfer window saw top-flight clubs spend £430
million, with big-money moves including defender Virgil van Dijk to
Liverpool for £75 million.
However, most of the major transactions this January saw players
leaving Premier League sides, with Brahim Diaz moving from Manchester
City to Real Madrid, Mousa Dembele moving to Guangzhou R&F from
Tottenham and Schalke buying Manchester City's Rabbi Matondo.
Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said:
"As we approach a decisive phase of the season, Premier League clubs'
January transfer spending has been relatively muted in comparison to
what we have seen in previous years."
January spending was at £225 million in 2011 but fell to £60 million in the following year.
It doubled the following year, and remained steady at £130 million in 2014 and 2015, before jumping significantly.
The £180 million transfer bill means total gross spending by Premier
League clubs in the 2018/19 season is an estimated £1.4 billion, the
second-highest season ever following record spend of £1.9 billion in
Other findings from Deloitte included the so-called "Big Six" clubs
accounting for 43 percent of the January expenditure, lower than last
year, when this figure stood at 62 percent.
Newcastle United's signing of Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron was
the biggest deal to go through on deadline day on Thursday, for a
reported £20 million.
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who spent the first half of the
season on loan at Valencia, returned to England on a temporary deal with