BarcelonaEnd point to a winter signing market that has been as predicted since the month of December. Xavi Hernández already assured on several occasions that the FIFA window for Barça, as well as for the rest of the Spanish teams – and all of Europe, with one exception -, would be quiet. Premier League football clubs, on the other hand, demonstrate their power in Europe with the latest signings this January. In total, the English have made a historic expenditure of 824 million euros. The Superliga already exists. There is no need for Florentino Pérez and Joan Laporta to promote it.
10 signings that demonstrate the power of the Premier League
Paid transfer, in millions of euros
During the last summer, Chelsea, now led by Todd Boehly after the forced sale of Russian Roman Abramovich, was one of the teams that invested the most in signings. This January has maintained the dynamic, since it has paid out 328 million in eight additions that aim to improve the classification of the team blue in the league (he is tenth). This season the blue they have made a record expenditure of more than 560 million euros – which exceeds that of Barça in the 2017-2018 campaign, of 380 million.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal do not need many reinforcements thanks to the good face that all the players have offered gunners since the season started. However, the north London club has made some moves – few – that will bring more quality.
For its part, Liverpool is currently in ninth position in the table. The internal deficiencies of redhowever, it has not deprived them of making an important signing.
Many other Premier League clubs have their own obstacles, but they never cease to amaze. Below, the ten most expensive signings of this winter market in the continent’s most powerful state competition.
The list opens with the most awaited signing in the market, who arrives at Chelsea at the last minute. Finally, Benfica has given in to Boehly’s insistence and Enzo Fernández (22 years old) – central midfielder – has become the second most expensive signing in the history of the winter market, behind Philippe Coutinho, and the most expensive signing expensive in the history of the Premier. The blue they pay more than 120 million for the Argentine, one of the sensations of the last World Cup.
Mikhailo Múdrik (22) arrived at Chelsea for 70 million from Shakhtar Donetsk on January 15. His new manager, Graham Potter, spoke about him: “He’s good one-on-one and he’s very direct. He plays very well in the lane and makes diagonals towards the goal.”
Anthony Michael Gordon (21 years old), Everton youth player, has just signed for Newcastle United for 45.6 million. With this new millionaire signing, Newcastle have already spent 283 million euros since the arrival of the Arab owners. The young winger declared himself in rebellion – he did not go to train for three days – to force the transfer to his new team.
The 23-year-old striker was one of the most important players in the Netherlands in the World Cup Gakpo was the first news on the market when he signed for Liverpool, to compensate for the losses of Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz. Despite the fact that the management, as well as Klopp, understand that the financial situation of the club is not very favorable, they have opted for this signing. He has already played five games and has yet to find the back of the net.
The 21-year-old, formerly of Monaco, has arrived in the English capital in exchange for 38 million to strengthen the center of Chelsea’s defense. Another reinforcement at the back, alongside summer signings Koulibaly and Fofana. Thierry Henry made his debut in 2018 and he already has experience in the elite: 135 games with Monaco.
A new promise from the Dutch Eredivisie and former teammate of Cody Gakpo. He has signed with Chelsea until 2030 – with the possibility of staying there until 2031–. Noni Madueke (20 years old) is of Nigerian origin, born in England, and has played several games for the Three Lions. His great speed and ability to change pace were the main attractions for Christopher Vivell, Chelsea’s new technical director, who believes the club is “building the most exciting project in world football”.
The Olympique de Lyon right-back Malo Gusto (19 years old) has also signed for Chelsea’s ambitious project, in exchange for 30 million plus 5 in variables. However, the French promise will stay at Lyon on loan until the end of the season and join Chelsea from July.
Hoffenheim’s promising centre-forward (20) has landed in the Premier League with the aim of scoring goals for his new team, Leeds United, and reversing the club’s run of defeats and draws white. He made his debut in the English Cup in the victory against Accrington (1-3).
Polish center (22 years old) – who has also played some games as a full-back and as a pivot – who arrives from Spezia in London to shield one of England’s best defenses in exchange for 25 million euros. Mikel Arteta already warned in December that Arsenal were preparing to make signings with the aim of not giving up. “If we can find players who can strengthen the team, we will try,” said the Basque coach.
Leandro Trossard (28 years old), left winger – also a reliable midfielder – and ex-Brighton, arrived in the English capital this January in exchange for 24 million, another figure that would be difficult to see in the Spanish league at this time . The signing of the attacker was motivated by Gabriel Jesus’ injury during the World Cup.