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Reports: Premier League breaks summer transfer window spending record

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For the sixth consecutive year, Premier League clubs broke the bank to bring in new signings.

According to accounting powerhouse Deloitte, Premier League clubs spent a record of around $1.81 billion in transfer fees, including $271.85 on deadline day alone. Amazingly, this total could have been higher had deals for Tomas Lemar, Alexis Sanchez and Ross Barkley gone through among others.

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The summer transfer window’s total is nearly $1.3 billion more than was spent five years ago, but it’s in line with the increased revenues for clubs across the Premier League thanks to new television deals around the world. According to Deloitte, most clubs spend one-third to one-fifth of their revenues on transfer fees and this summer it was around 31 percent of revenues were spent on transfers.

Manchester City led the Premier League with $278.3 million spent on transfers this summer. Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool combined to spend approximately $1.109 billion in the transfer market. Arsenal, Stoke City, Burnley and Swansea City all finished in the black.

“When analyzed in the context of generating record broadcast, commercial and matchday revenues, Premier League clubs are spending well within their means,” Deloitte’s Dan Jones told the BBC. “While the transfer record for a single player has again been broken by a major European club, the Premier League’s clubs enjoy an unrivaled depth of purchasing power, as a result of the league’s relatively equal – and transparent – distribution of broadcast revenues.”

How should Premier League change the transfer window?

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Deadline day the day before the season begins? Yes please.

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Reports on Monday stated that next month the Premier League will discuss how to change the rules for the 2018-19 summer transfer window, with an end to the window shutting two weeks into the new season proposed.

It is believed that will be the main proposal at the shareholders meeting as 14 of the 20 PL clubs would have to vote in favor of the notion for it to become a reality. It is believed the majority of Premier League clubs would like to have the transfer window end before the season begins.

For the Premier League, what have they got to lose by trying this?

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The main issue is that the transfer windows across the rest of Europe will not fall in line with their new date, and with leagues in Germany, Spain and Italy historically starting later than the PL, those clubs may have an advantage when it comes to buying players until the end of August with PL clubs having their hands tied if a player from Spain, Italy or elsewhere suddenly becomes available. That’s tricky but then it would force PL clubs to get their business done early and deal with it, even if they lose a player to a club elsewhere in Europe.

It is proposed that the transfer window closing before the 2018-19 season begins would only limit the buying or loaning of players, while PL players can still be sold to other leagues in England and abroad. That’s the biggest issue but it’s avoidable if they club decides it is not selling at any price. Of course, this situation gets trickier with release clauses, but maybe we will just see less of these agreed to in players’ contracts?

With the situations regarding Gylfi Sigurdsson, Virgil Van Dijk, Philippe Coutinho, Ross Barkley, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa rumbling on, we’ve been without some of the PL’s top stars to start the season. Aside from the obvious reason of wanting them out on the pitch to increase the level of play, their clubs haven’t got settled squads when the action kicks off and it creates a huge amount of uncertainty and negativity.

No changes to the January transfer window, which will run from Jan. 1 until Jan. 31, are proposed, but having the window shut at the start of the season makes sense. It is logic and enables squads to have their team set in place for the entire season rather than scrambling in the final weeks of the window, when prices are at a premium, to find replacements for their star player who has decided he wants to move to a bigger club a la Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona.

Having deadline day on the Thursday before a season begins would create a mega event where fans would throw parties to not only celebrate late signings ahead of the season but also celebrate the start of the year. Think about how you and other fans of your team were feeling last week before the 2017-18 campaign kicked off. Optimism was in the air. The birds were chirping delightfully. The sun was shinning brighter. Crystal Palace were going to finish in the top six.

If you had that feeling coupled with the safety of knowing your squad kicking off the season would be in place until at least Jan. 1, it would be a lot more enjoyable for fans, players, managers, clubs, literally everyone involved.

Of course there will be teething problems along the way, but it’s easy to see why most PL clubs are behind trying something different when it comes to the transfer window. Having multiple star players sitting on the sidelines for the opening two weeks of the season with minor injuries or “not in the right frame of mind” to play isn’t a good look and looks like be the final straw.

Something has to change and this is the most logical option for the Premier League, but finding a way to integrate all of Europe’s top leagues into one date would still be the best option and a very tricky one to negotiate.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Dembele to West Ham; Gabbiadini to Saints

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Moussa Dembele could be heading to West Ham United.

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The 20-year-old forward is in fine form at Celtic in the Scottish Premier League with 19 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions following his move from second-tier Fulham last summer.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham have funds to spend in January and Slaven Bilic could bid $25 million for Dembele.

However, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has intimated that Dembele will not be allowed to leave in January and he will stay until at least the summer but with Celtic pretty much locking up the Scottish Premier League, they currently have a 19-point lead over Rangers with a game in hand, maybe a big bid will tempt them to cash in.

One thing that is for sure is that the Hammers are clearly in the market for a striker as reports suggest a $7.4 million was made for Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe and that Bilic is also rumored to be interested in Brentford striker Scott Hogan.


Southampton are in the hunt for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Daily Mirror claims that Saints are ready to bid $21 million for the 25-year-old Italian international.

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Saints have scored just 17 goals this season in the Premier League, the second-lowest amount in the league, and with Charlie Austin out injured for the next three months Claude Puel only has Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long to rely on. They have four PL goals between them this season.

Gabbiadini has been linked with a move to Everton and Wolfsburg but he has only scored three goals in 17 games in all competitions this season. Hardly prolific.

DEADLINE DAY VIDEO: Breaking down the Premier League transfer window

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So it’s Deadline Day.

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We all know moves go down in the transfer windows, but for an in-depth look into how the transfer system works in the Premier League, here’s a primer from the NBC Sports Soccer crew.

Premier League transfer needs: What’s been done and what’s left to do by Monday?

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The Premier League transfer window will close up for several months on Monday, and it’s possible this pretty inactive window could go down with a resounding thud.

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Louis van Gaal doesn’t expect to do much at Manchester United despite seemingly overwhelming need at the back, and plenty of other clubs have either stood pat or not added major pieces at all.

Let’s take a gander at how things may’ve changed since JPW checked the needs earlier this month.

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source:  Center back Chelsea: Are they really going to bring in Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina? My goodness, the rich would feel uncomfortably richer in a truly “1 percent” sort of way.
source:  Defender/mid Manchester City: They’ve added Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, and both he and Yaya Toure’s returns from the Africa Cup of Nations will feel like a January haul. Could they use depth at holding mid or center back? Perhaps.
source:  Defenders   Manchester United: So far the Red Devils have brought in No. 2 keeper Victor Valdes and an unheard of commodity from semi-pro Salford City. Could they really make it through January without adding a single defender of consequence?!?
source:   Center Back West Ham: Brought in Doneil Henry of Toronto FC while letting Mauro Zarate skate on loan to QPR. Darren Fletcher is having a medical today in what would be a major coup for the Irons. Considering how much they added in the summer, the add would be a big one. They have not addressed the theoretical impending departure of Winston Reid.
source:  Holding Mid Arsenal: Snared 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw before hauling in the big one: Villarreal center back Gabriel Paulista. He’ll give the Gunners good depth behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
source:   Striker Stoke City: They said Peter Crouch could leave town this window, but QPR was rebuffed and the big one has signed a two-year extension. Center back Philipp Wollscheid has arrived on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, but striker depth has not been addressed. Perhaps Bojan Krkic’s season-ending injury could send them late into the market for an attacker?
source:   CB/Striker/GK Everton: No one’s come in yet, and Samuel Eto’o has skipped town. Tim Howard will return soon enough. Can the Toffees find their way without any reinforcements?
source:   Defender/GK Newcastle United: The Magpies have held onto Moussa Sissoko so far, which feels like a victory. But they still are in a predicament at center back, with Steven Taylor out for the year and Fabricio Coloccini matched up with either makeshift Paul Dummett or dicey Mike Williamson. Most of the players linked with Newcastle are the younger crowd, as that’s how chief scout Graham Carr operates.
source:  Striker Burnley: It’s really turned into “Hold onto Danny Ings” at all costs, right? Well so far, the Clarets have done that. Could that possibly be enough for the small club to stay up?
source:   Striker Southampton: Jack Cork has left for Swansea City, and James Ward-Prowse has signed an extension at St. Mary’s. Other than that, we’re waiting to see what further gems Ronald Koeman might unearth.
source:   Winger Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have now watched DeAndre Yedlin come into town, and Kyle Naughton depart for Swansea. Will Mauricio Pochettino add anyone before the end of the window?
source:   Attacking mid Sunderland: Out goes Jozy, in comes Jermain Defoe. It’s a good get for the Black Cats, who gain in Premier League experience and production by the bushel.
source:   Striker/Winger Aston Villa: Fabian Delph is staying put long-term, and now creative midfielder Carles Gil has arrived from Valencia. Darren Bent has left for Derby County, and Scott Sinclair has been freed from Manchester City. Can the latter return to his once promising Premier League form?
source:  CB/Striker  West Brom: Callum McManaman is a sneaky good pickup from Wigan Athletic, and keeping Saido Berahino around will feel like a victory for the Baggies almost regardless of what happens in the next few days.
source:   Center Back QPR: Just a crime scene. Mauro Zarate is in on loan and the criminally used Jordon Mutch leaves Harry Redknapp’s side for Crystal Palace. What in the world is ‘Arry doing over there, and why hasn’t Tony Fernandes pulled the plug?
source:   CB/Striker Liverpool: Bringing Daniel Sturridge back sure is a nice way to end January, but what else? Suso and Oussama Assaidi are gone, and Steven Gerrard will join them. With all the new additions from the summer, Liverpool is still coming together.
source:   Center back Crystal Palace: Look at Alan Pardew go! The man can do no wrong at Selhurst Park, and is bringing in longtime NUFC man Shola Ameobi to help the strike force. Jordon Mutch was a Pardew target back during the kid’s time at Cardiff, and now the manager gets him in here, while Yaya Sanogo arrives to tantalize from Arsenal. Not bad.
source:   Striker Swansea City: Bony leaves for a load of dough, and Garry Monk makes a few shrewd pickups in Kyle Naughton, Kyle Naughton and Jack Cork. Still could use a striker in a hurry, though.
source:   Striker/CM/CB Hull City: Steve Bruce’s club has done very little, and have plenty of holes to fill. It’s unlikely they get that done by Monday. How much trouble are the Tigers in when it comes to relegation?
source:  Defenders Leicester City: Andrej Kramaric and Mark Schwarzer are solid pickups, with the former being a Chelsea target and choosing the Foxes. Can Nigel Pearson snare a bit more help in defense?