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  • EPL Clubs Spent $615M On Transfers In First Two Months Of Summer Window

    Arsenal paid a transfer fee of $60M for the services of Alexis Sanchez.

    Premier League "transfer spending this summer has risen" by £60M ($103M) from the same point last year, according to the BBC. The increase, to £360M ($615M) from £300M in July '13, "means this transfer window is likely to surpass the record" of £630M set last year, according to Deloitte's Sports Business Group. Deloitte consultant Alex Thorpe said, "This summer transfer window has so far seen a higher level of spending than in any previous summer window." This year's outlay so far "also dwarfs the figures from other previous years." In '12, spending stood at £190M at this point, while in '11, it was £150M. British clubs "have already completed seven" £20M ($34M)-plus deals this summer. Chelsea is the biggest spender, having spent £80M ($137M) on the signings of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis. Premier League clubs "have been bolstered by the record television deal with BT and BSkyB" between '13-14 and '15-16, worth a total of £3.018B. Thorpe: "One of the main drivers of Premier League spending continues to be the increased resources clubs now have as a result of improved broadcast deals." The transfer window "so far has been dominated by big-money signings from foreign leagues." Professional Footballers' Association CEO Gordon Taylor said that "he was troubled by the growing trend in international signings." He said, "What concerns us is that young English players aren't getting the chance to break through any more. The pattern is only going one way" (BBC, 7/19).

    Biggest Signings By British Clubs This Summer
    Player From To Fee

    Alexis Sanchez

    Barcelona

    Arsenal

    £35M

    Diego Costa

    Atletico Madrid

    Chelsea

    £32M

    Cesc Fabregas

    Barcelona

    Chelsea

    £30M

    Ander Herrera

    Athletic Bilbao

    ManU

    £29M

    Luke Shaw

    Southampton

    ManU

    £27M

    Adam Lallana

    Southampton

    Liverpool

    £25M

    Lazar Markovic

    Benfica

    Liverpool

    £20M

    Filipe Luis

    Atletico Madrid

    Chelsea

    £15.8M

    Enner Valencia

    Pachuca

    West Ham

    £12M

    Fernando

    Porto

    ManCity

    £12M

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