Premier League smashes January transfer window record

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The pressure to secure potentially decisive deals at both ends of the table has never been greater and deadline day expenditure by Premier League clubs of £150 million is also a new January window record.

Premier League clubs spent a record-breaking £430m in the January 2018 transfer window, according to new analysis, meaning nearly £2bn has changed hands during the course of the season.

It was a superb night for Spurs who were in the lead after just 11 seconds and they did not let Manchester United get back into the game thanks to Hugo Lloris.

Virgil van Dijk's world record transfer for a defender set Liverpool back €85m, Arsenal uncharacteristically forked out €63m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester City activated defender Aymeric Laporte's €65m release clause as the main transfers of the winter window in Europe.

This contrasted with last season's trend where half of gross expenditure came from the bottom-six clubs in a bid to retain their Premier League status. Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrived in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle.

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"While another record-breaking season catches the eye, Premier League clubs' expenditure continues to be well within their means in the context of revenue generated", said Jones.

Arsene Wenger's Gunners head to south Wales full of confidence after dismantling Crystal Palace 4-1 in the League, beating Chelsea in the EFL Cup and adding Henrikh Mkhitaryan to their squad, but must be wary of a slip-up as they sit five points off the top four. Slimani has struggled to live up to his £30m price tag as Leicester's most expensive signing, with 13 goals in 46 appearances since his arrival in 2016.

2-1 win over Leicester on Wednesday, also made a loan signing Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.

Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at the University of Salford Business School, predicted the Premier League would soon be in a league of its own compared to the likes of Spain, Germany, Italy and France when it came to attracting the best talent.

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