Transfer deadline day: Summer window set to close with record spending set to grow

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Published: 9/1/2022 1:15:14 PM
Transfer deadline day: Summer window set to close with record spending set to grow

Is Antony's move from Ajax to Manchester United going to go through on deadline day?

Premier League clubs have already spent a record amount of almost £1.7bn on players this summer going into Thursday's deadline day - and that is set to rise even further.

The previous record for summer spending had been the £1.43bn spent in 2017.

Premier League clubs have already spent a record amount of almost £1.7bn on players this summer going into Thursday's deadline day - and that is set to rise even further.

The previous record for summer spending had been the £1.43bn spent in 2017.

The increase in spending comes after two consecutive summers shadowed by the Covid pandemic's impact on clubs' income, in which the total fees had dipped to £1.1bn last year.

Deloitte's Sports Business Group's Chris Wood said the level of spending was a sign that "the business models of Premier League clubs are rebounding post-Covid".

In fact, more has been spent this summer than in the last season's January and summer windows combined (£1.44bn).

Seventeen players have so far been signed by Premier League clubs for a reported fee of more than £30m each, which compares to just eight during the 2021 summer transfer window.

The deadline for English Premier League and Football League teams is 23:00 BST on Thursday, 1 September. Scotland's deadline is an hour later.

In Spain - where Barcelona's spending spree has drawn most of the headlines - it is 23:00, in France, it is 22:00, Italy's window shuts at 19:00 and Germany's deadline is 17:00 - all times BST.

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Will it be a busy day?

Summer spend in PL by year

Premier League clubs passed the record spending summer of 2017 with more than a week left of the window.

English top-flight clubs have made 143 signings this summer - already more than the total figures in the summer of 2019 (128) and 2020 (132). It will almost certainly pass last year's 148.

There were just 14 Premier League deadline-day signings last year - one of the lowest totals in recent years - so will we see more deals completed this time?

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Brazil winger Antony, 22.

That will be an initial fee of £81.3m - the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history - when it goes through.

United boss Erik ten Hag, who also plans to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, expects Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at the club, despite reports he wants to join a Champions League team.

Another deal not likely to go through is Chelsea's proposed signing of Anthony Gordon. The London club had a bid of £40m rejected and does not value him at more than that.

Manchester City is trying to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji, who is likely to cost about £15m.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he would like his team to "risk more" in the transfer market as they consider midfielder reinforcements.

Will Leicester finally sign a first-team player? Alex Smithies is their only recruit so far, on a free transfer to be their third-choice goalkeeper.

News collected from BBC Sport

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