The January transfer window produced several surprises, with Premier League clubs already topping the spending record since the winter window was introduced.
Deloitte’s Sports Business Group analysis is based on actual January 2018 losses in the English top flight, which amounted to €440 million, compared to the previous record of €10 million.
And there is still time for Premier League clubs to get on with business.
Here’s everything you need to know before the transfer deadline.
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When does the transfer window close?
The transfer window opened on January 1 and will close at 23:00 GMT on Tuesday January 31 for the Premier League.
New signings are eligible for the next Premier League game if the club submits the required documents by midday on the last working day before that game.
In Scotland, the window closes at 23:59 GMT on January 31, while the Women’s Super League closes at midnight for international transfers and 17:00 for domestic transactions.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Bundesliga at 5:00 p.m., Serie A at 7:00 p.m., La Liga at 11:00 p.m. and Ligue 1 at 11:59 a.m. – all day on January 31.
Who could be on the move?
Chelsea are reportedly still trying to sign Benfica and Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez despite rejecting offers earlier this month.
The Blues could also return with an improved offer for the Brighton and Ecuador midfielder Moses Caicedo.
Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham is sucking up a lot of interest with clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid battling for his signature.
Everton winger Anthony Gordon could attract Newcastle’s attention, while Brighton are reportedly interested in €20m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk and centre-back Ukraine Mykola Matviyenko.
Bournemouth are reportedly in contention with Southampton for the signing of Villarreal and the Senegal striker Nicholas Jackson.
Source transactions have already taken place?
Following a controversial Manchester United exit, Cristiano Ronaldo completed his move to Saudi club Al Nassr.
Chelsea have made six signings including the Shakhtar Donetsk striker Mykhailo Mudryk for a monthly increase of 89 million euros, the line of PSV Eindhoven Noni Madueke for 30 million euros, the Monegasque defender Benoit Badiashile for 35 million euros and Joao Felix On loan from Atlético de Madrid.
League leaders Arsenal have completed the signing of Brighton midfielder Leandro Trossard for 21 million euros and an additional defense Jacob Kiwior the Serie A club Spezia for 17.6 million euros.
Leeds have signed the striker from Hoffenheim george rutter for a club-record fee of 36 million euros, and Liverpool brought in the striker from the Netherlands Cody Gakpo You PSV Eindhoven in a deal that could reach 45 million euros.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa have signed the striker jean duran for 18 million euros from the Chicago Fire, Danny Ing moved from Villa to West Ham for 12 million euros and Leicester signed the defender from Copenhagen Victor Kristiansen for 17 million euros.
Bournemouth a rookie winger Dango Ouattara for around 20 million euros from French club Lorient, and Southampton bought the midfielder Carlos Alcaraz Argentinian side Racing Club for 12 million euros.
Wolves have signed the winger from Paris St-Germain Pablo Sarabia for 4.4 million euros, Nottingham Forest landed the midfielder from Palmeiras danilo for around 16 million euros and Aston Villa agreed a 13.2 million euro deal for the arrival at Real Betis Alexander Moreno.
Meanwhile, the attacker Chris Wood moved from Newcastle to Nottingham Forest on loan, and Burnley’s Wout Weghorst was loaned to Manchester United.
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How much has been spent so far?
Deloitte claim €440m have already been spent in this transfer window by Premier League clubs.
This brings the Premier League’s gross spend for the 2022-23 season to €2.4bn, with a record summer window of €1.9bn followed by the highest January window.
Chelsea’s six signings cost around €181m – including Mudryk’s €89m transfer – while Leeds broke their club record for the €36m paid to Hoffenheim for the striker rutter
Gakpo’s transfer to Liverpool was worth between 35.4 and 44.3 million euros, and PSV Eindhoven said it was not possible to set the transfer record at par.
At this point in the January 2022 window, gross spend by Premier League clubs was €105m, but rose to €295m by the end of the deadline a week later.
« New ownership and the availability of financial resources to pay large sums to maximize performance continue to be key contributors to record spending levels, » said Calum Ross, Deputy Director of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.
“While this spending leve illustrates the recovery of Premier League clubs from the pandemic, the importance of long-term financial planning and a focus on financial sustainability which should continue to be a priority.”
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