Premier League January transfer spending falls for first time since 2012

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The amount spent by Premier League clubs in the January transfer window fell for the first time since 2012, figures released by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte have shown.

Clubs in the top division spent 180 million in the winter window, down from 430m last year, when150m was spent on deadline day compared with 50m this year.

The figure takes total gross spending by Premier League clubs this season to an estimated 1.4 billion, the second-highest after last seasons 1.9bn, while the league was the highest-spending in Europe ahead of Serie A.

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Almost one-third of this Januarys spending came on one player Chelseas 57m move for Borussia Dortmunds United States international midfielder Christian Pulisic, while Newcastle spent around 20m on Atlanta Uniteds Miguel Almiron.

Last years winter window featured a number of big-money moves including Virgil van Dijks 75m arrival at Liverpool from Southampton.

In January 2012 Premier League clubs spent 120m, with that total increasing to 130m in the following two winters and then rising to 175m, 215m and 430m in the next three years.

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The Deloitte figures showed that transfers by the top flights big six clubs accounted accounting for 43 percent of this Januarys expenditure, down from 62 percent at this time last year.

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