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Premier League clubs squander £ 1.24 billion on transfers

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Premier League clubs spent £ 1.24bn on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The figure represents a decrease of £ 160 million from last season, but is still £ 70 million more than what was spent in the 2016 summer window.

Chelsea were the highest spenders in the league, squandering £ 226.1 million on new talent, including Timo Werner (£ 45 million), Hakim Ziyech (£ 37 million), Edouard Mendy (£ 22 million) and Ben Chilwell (£ 22 million). 50 million).

And their main recruit, Kai Havertz, was the league’s most expensive new acquisition – he came from Bayer Leverkusen for £ 70 million. The Blues were able to spend money after being restricted by a transfer embargo last season, and by getting good fees for players like Álvaro Morata and Mario Pasalic.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City were the second biggest spender, spilling the cash on Nathan Ake (£ 41 million) and Ferran Torres (£ 37 million) early on at the window.

And Pep Guardiola’s team responded to their chaotic 5-2 loss to Leicester City by squandering £ 64.5m more on Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

Aston Villa responded to squandering more than £ 100 million in the market last season by spending another £ 85 million, although signings like Ollie Watkins seem to have started to work this time.

And Leeds United wasted no time after their promotion to the top flight, recruiting players like Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, as well as Raphinha de Rennes on Deadline Day.

The Wolves further increased their Portuguese contingent by spending more than £ 70 million on Fabio Silva and Nelson Semedo, as well as signing Marcal and Ki-Jana Hoever.

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