You can find a list of the completed transfers from 2013 here: Barclays Premier League January Transfers 2013/2013
Premier League Spending: £481 million
The 2012/13 season is up and running and the transfer window is finally closed. After a summer of vicious rumours is the transfer merry-go-round is finally over. The squads have been named to the Premier League and the managers now have to stick with what they’ve got.
Of course, free agents and emergency loans are still available, with ratification from the governing body. One of the biggest spending windows yet, and with Uefa Financial Fair play rules about to take hold, sides are looking to balance their wages bills and spending with their income.
The Premier League may have begun three weeks ago, but the drama really unveiled last Friday evening on Transfer Deadline Day. The final day of the window is believed to have seen around £110 million spent on new players.
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Top Five Transfers:
|Eden Hazard||Chelsea||Lille||32 million|
|Robin Van Persie||Manchester United||Arsenal||24 million|
|Javi Garcia||Manchester City||Benfica||16 million|
|Moussa Dembele||Tottenham||Fulham||15 million|
Top Five Biggest Spending Clubs:
|Club||Players In||Players Out||Net Spending (£)|
|Chelsea||6 (£79.5 million)||6 (£8million)||£71.5 million|
|Tottenham||6 (£57 million)||12 (£62.8 million)||-£5.8 million|
|Manchester City||6 (£54 million)||11 (£23 million)||£31 million|
|Manchester United||6 (£50 million)||8 (£8.9 million)||£41.1 million|
|Arsenal||3 (£40 million)||14 (£45 million)||-£5 million|
Top Five Loan Signings:
|Andy Carroll||West Ham||Liverpool|
|Nuri Sahin||Liverpool||Real Madrid|
|Yossi Benayoun||West Ham||Chelsea|
|Romelu Lukaku||West Brom||Chelsea|
|Jonathan de Guzman||Swansea||Villareal|
Several clubs will be happy with their transfer business. Those who have spent the biggest are as expected the teams in the top six. Southampton and QPR broke the mould will big name signings and big money signings.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all continued to add impressive talents to their squads. The glittering names added to a sparkling Premier League just keep on coming.
However, clubs like Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wigan have failed to add proper strength to their squad, and may suffer as the season progresses. The January window can’t come soon enough for these teams.
This summer was nearly a record-breaking transfer window, falling just short of the record £500 million. Big name stars and big cash buys have been made, and the Premier League will continue to be the biggest and best league in the world.
Signing of the summer? Only time will tell. There are several candidates; will the seasoned professional Robin Van Persie be the man again at United? Or will Eden Hazard continue his impressive start to be a menace in the midfield.
One thing is for sure, with some many teams competing for so few honours, this will be the best season of the Barclays Premier League.