After the storm, the weather was calm again
Just in the 2023 summer market, football teams competing in England’s highest division broke shopping records with a total of 2.44 billion pounds spent to upgrade the squad.
But in the January transfer window, the top 20 teams in the Mist country only spent a mere £96.2 million on transfers, this is only the second time in the past 13 years that the Premier League spent less than £100 million. in a crowded market even though a year earlier they spent nearly 800 million pounds.
The top candidates for the championship such as Arsenal, Manchester City or Liverpool do not spend a dime to add new recruits. The same situation also happens with other giants such as Chelsea, Manchester United or Newcastle United.
Instead, a club in the relegation race like Everton is in the group that spent the most money in the January 2024 market. Perhaps the 10-point deduction due to violations related to the Profit and Sustainability Rules of the Premier League organizers (PSR) causes the Goodison Park team to take action before it is too late.
Meanwhile, new contracts in the Premier League are almost all on loan or at low prices, typically Timo Werner (loan), Radu Dragusin (26 million pounds) of Tottenham Hotspur or Kalvin Phillips (loan). of West Ham United.
In contrast to the gloominess of the arrival afternoon, the departure afternoon was more exciting with famous deals such as Jadon Sancho returning to his old home Borussia Dortmund or Eric Dier as well as Donny van de Beek moving to the Bundesliga to play.
Everything remained calm until the last day when the new recruits joining the new club were almost all at affordable prices or on loan, typically Armando Broja landed at Fulham (on loan), Bournemouth signed a contract with Enes Unal from Getafe with a buyout option worth 14 million pounds, or Crystal Palace bought Adam Wharton from Blackburn for a fee of 18 million pounds.
In addition to the Premier League organizers starting to tighten the purchasing and selling activities of clubs using PSR, perhaps mid-season tournaments such as AFCON 2024 or Asian Cup 2023 will also take place (making the team’s squad thinner). causing many transfer deals to come to a standstill.
The sky is often calm before the storm
But next summer may again witness fluctuations in the transfer market from Premier League clubs. Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea all want to recruit high-class strikers. Therefore, striker Victor Osimhen, who is valued at 120 million pounds by Napoli, can come to England to play football.
Liverpool with a new coach will certainly have to invest to build a dynasty at Anfield, Man City is not out of the game because The Citizens need to upgrade their somewhat aging squad to maintain strength. Newcastle, the club with the richest owner in the Premier League after being held back by PSR this winter will definitely return to stir up the 2024 summer market.
Finally, with Ineos group officially taking over Man United’s sports activities from February, they will definitely invest heavily in the 2024 summer market as a gift to the fans.
Viet Tung | 10:04 February 4, 2024