Records smashed in transfer window: Deloitte reports highest ever Premier League spend of £1.9bn

Premier League clubs have broken their transfer spending record for a season in the summer window alone. Estimates from Deloitte’s sports business group show gross spending this summer of £1.9bn, surpassing by £487.8m the previous record, spent across the summer and January windows of the 2017-18 season.

According to Deloitte, the gross spend is 67% higher than the previous summer transfer window’s £1.1bn and 34% higher than the previous record (summer 2017’s £1.4bn). “The 2022-23 season already has the highest transfer spend since the two-window season began, exceeding the previous record by 3% (2017-18’s £1.86bn),” the group said.

New ownership acted as a catalyst for increased spending, with Chelsea spending more than any other Premier League club. They spent £157.8m more than they did last summer (2022’s £255.3m; 2021’s £97.5m) and £53.3m more than the next biggest spenders (Manchester United’s £202m).

Liverpool’s and Manchester United’s respective moves for the forwards Darwin Núñez and Antony are the most expensive of this summer, both worth about £85m, and Chelsea signed Wesley Fofana from Leicester for an initial £70m.

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