Summer Transfer: English clubs hit £1bn mark

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Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to take a free kick in a 2009 match between Manchester United and Liverpool.  By Sdo216 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8844669
Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to take a free kick in a 2009 match between Manchester United and Liverpool. By Sdo216 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8844669

By Jude Zoho

English teams set a new record transfer spending in a single transfer window with a total expenditure of £1,145,230,000 at the close of the summer transfers at 11 p.m. on deadline day.

Analysts say the trend was largely attributed to the huge spending by the top Manchester and London clubs and also due to the arrival of top coaches in the league.

According to goal.com, the development will improve the profile of most of the English top flight clubs both in Europe and around the world.

Analysts also predict European spending would easily be the highest yet when the two-month transfer window closes in Europe.

An active deadline day spending saw Chelsea spend over £50m to secure the services of Brazilian defender, David Luiz from French side, PSG and Marcos Alonso from Italian side, Fiorentina.

Leicester City also joined in the last minute spending by smashing their transfer record with £29.7m to get the signature of Algerian striker, Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.

The amount surpassed the £16m Leicester paid for the Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa earlier in the year.

In the other spending, Tottenham signed France U-21 winger, George-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille for £11m while Sunderland paid 16m Euros for 22-year-old gabon midfielder, Didier Ndong.

Burnley also broke their transfer record to sign Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrik for a reported fee of £10m while West Bromwich Albion spent £3m on Cameroon defender Allan Nyom.

The transfer window earlier saw record breaking signings led by top Manchester and London clubs, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The deadline day deals also a number of transfers away from the league with Manchester City new manager, Pep Guardiola allowing veteran goalkeeper, Joe Hart move to Torino in Italy and midfielder, Sami Nasri move to Sevilla in Spain.


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