Premier League golf equipment spent extra money on defensive midfielders than every other place within the 2023/24 summer season switch window.
Spending hit document ranges, with Premier League sides splashing greater than $3 billion on switch charges in keeping with Transfermarkt.com.
And based mostly on these figures, $610 million was spent on gamers whose most typical place has been defensive midfield. That’s greater than was spent on every other place on the pitch. It exceeded the place with the following highest whole spending, attacking midfielders, by greater than $100 million.
The spending on defensive midfielders was led by Arsenal’s signing of Declan Rice from West Ham United and Chelsea’s signings of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia from Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton, respectively.
Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest additionally made a nominal defensive midfielder their largest signing of the summer season.
And Manchester United, who spent massive on the place final summer season to signal Casemiro, additionally strengthened their defensive midfield place this summer season by loaning Moroccan worldwide Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina with an possibility to purchase.
The entire spending on defensive midfielders this summer season was greater than twice the $295 million that Premier league golf equipment spent on the place in the summertime of 2022. Earlier than the beginning of 2022, not one of the high fifteen costliest Premier League signings of all time have been defensive midfielders, now they make up three of the highest 4 costliest signings.
Premier League golf equipment spent the least on full-backs this summer season, spending simply $131 million on the place.
Spending on goalkeepers this summer season reached $221 million, eclipsing the $61 million spent on the place final summer season, with six goalkeepers this summer season being purchased for upwards of $18 million every.
Actually, the Premier League spending on goalkeepers this summer season is larger than the full spending on gamers by the Portuguese or Belgian high tiers or England’s second tier, the Championship.
The Premier League’s whole spending this summer season is greater than the following three largest spending leagues mixed. Golf equipment in France’s Ligue 1 spent the following most at $970 million, however virtually all of this was lined by the $945 million obtained from participant gross sales.
France’s spending might nonetheless be topped by Saudi Arabia, which has spent $933 million. The switch window continues to be open in Saudi Arabia, so a single big-name signing equivalent to Mohammed Salah would make the Saudi Professional League the second largest spenders.
The Premier League’s revenue from participant gross sales was roughly half of what golf equipment spent, giving it a internet deficit of greater than $1.4 billion.
Solely Everton, West Ham, Wolves and Brighton spent lower than they obtained on participant transfers. Chelsea spent by far probably the most within the window, and whereas the Blues recouped greater than anybody else in participant gross sales, their internet spend was nonetheless increased than different golf equipment.
Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal had the following highest internet spends, adopted by Bournemouth, who after a comparatively quiet summer season 2022 switch window, adopted up their heavy January spending with one other massive spherical of recruitment as they appear to consolidate their Premier League standing.
The Cherries have been considered one of twelve Premier League sides this summer season that spent greater than $100 million on switch charges, and considered one of seven sides with a internet spend of greater than $100 million.