Barclays Premier League 2012 Summer Transfer Review

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.

Check the Barclays Premier League Preview for those who will be looking to win the League, compete for European Football and avoid the dreaded relegation battle.

Top Five Transfers:

Player Club(to) Club(From) Price (£)
Eden Hazard Chelsea Lille 32 million
Oscar Chelsea Internacional 25 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:

Player Club(to) Club(From)
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


















Transfer club-by-club:

Club Notable Transfer In Notable Transfer Out Good window?
image Podolski, Cazorla, Giroud  Van Persie, Song  Maybe 
image Benteke, Lowton, El Ahmadi Collins, Cuellar No
image Hazard, Oscar, Marin, Moses Drogba, Kalou, Bosingwa Yes
image Mirallas, Pienaar, Naismith Rodwell, Cahill Yes
image Berbatov, Richardson, Petric, Rodallega Dembele, Demspey, Murphy, Johnson Yes
image Allen, Borini, Assadi, Sahin Aquilani, Kuyt, Maxi, Bellamy, Carroll No
image Rodwell, Sinclair, Maicon, Javi Garcia Johnson, Adebayor, De Jong, Savic Yes
image Van Persie, Kagawa, Powell, Buttner Berbatov, Park, Owen Yes
image Anita, Bigirimana Best, Guthrie, Forster Maybe
image Bassong, Snodgrass, Turner, Whittaker Crofts, Whitbread, Drury Yes
image Granero, Diakite, Park, Hoilett, Cesar, Bosingwa Kenny, Smith, Barton Maybe
image Mariappa, Gunter, Guthrie, Pogrebnyak Cywka, Antonio Maybe
image Rodriguez, Buttner, Clyne, Ramirez, Davis Harding Yes
image Owen, Adam Collins, Fuller, Woodgate Yes
image Fletcher, Johnson, Saha Gyan, Richardson, Turner Very good
image Hernandez, Sung-Yeung, Michu, Flores Sinclair Very good
image Dembele, Vertonghen, Sigurdsson, Lloris, Dempsey, Adebayor Modric, Van Der Vaart, Kranjcar Very good
image Foster, Rosenborg, Lukaku Andrews, Shorey Very good
image Jarvis, Maiga, Collins, Diame, Carroll Green, Noble, Maynard Maybe
image Ramis Diame, Moses, Rodallega No





















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.

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5 thoughts on “Barclays Premier League 2012 Summer Transfer Review

  1. Great read champ, as a passionate Villa supporter, I’d have to dissagree. The general consensus of the villa fans is that we have had a pretty good transfer window. From an outside perspective it is easy to see why many other supporters see our signings as weak (lower league, no-name players), but having watched them in action so far, they will offer more than the players on large wages, taking up space in the match day squad of 18. I for one think we have done some great business, and I’m sure there will be a few players who will surprise.

    p.s. hope to have you on the team for The Substitutes 🙂

    • Many thanks for your comment and reading my article.

      Obviously, being a Villa fan you’re much better placed than me to comment on their transfer window activity. I haven’t seen any of Villa’s games this season, and obviously going on a results basis my opinion may be unfounded. If the Villa fans are happy, then I don’t see a problem!
      It’s great that a Premier League side should sign players from lower leagues and give them a chance in the big time. Excellent financial business. I wish Villa all the best, and just hope they don’t suffer like they did last term. A great club.

      I hope to be alongside the team soon!

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