With the English Premier League 2019 summer transfer window almost closing, it is safe to say that half the clubs have broken their transfer records.
In total, the clubs have splashed approximately Sh174 billion to acquire new players.
Manchester United are sitting pretty at the top of this transfer season’s biggest spenders list, with a whopping Sh18.4 billion.
The Red Devils managed to rope in Harry Maguire from Leicester, forking out Sh9.9 billion. Maguire is now the most expensive defender in the world.
Man United also acquired Aaron Bisaka from Crystal Palace for shs6.2 billion, Daniel James from Swansea with a fee of Sh2.2 billion, among other signings.
Aston Villa comes in a close second when it comes to spending, seemingly sending a strong signal after their recent promotion. The Birmingham-based club acquired a total of 12 players, spending Sh17.9 billion.
After David Luiz’s unexpected move to Arsenal, the Gunners clinched position three of the big spenders after spending a total of Sh17.1 billion. With other signings — Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli — it is clear Arsenal is intending to compete for the top 4.
Manchester City and Everton gobbled up position 4 and 5 with Sh16.7 billion and Sh14.7 billion respectively.
Tottenham Hotspurs (Sh12.6 billion), Leicester (Sh11.3 billion), Westham (Sh9.7 billion), Newcastle and Wolves (Sh8.1 billion) locks the EPL summer 2019 transfer top 10 spenders.
Due to the transfer ban on Chelsea, the club was prohibited from buying any new players. However, they are this transfer season’s biggest seller, amassing a whopping Sh26.5 billion with the exit of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid.
Leicester came in second with Manchester United, Everton and Manchester City, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth closing the ranks for top sellers.
Eden Hazard was the biggest transfer of the season with a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, costing Sh16.1 billion. Maguire’s Sh10 billion move is the biggest in EPL. Following closely are Nicolas Pepe’s Sh8.9 billion, Rodri’s Sh7.8 billion and Tanguy Ndebele’s Sh6.7 billion
With the start of the English Premier League’s 2019/20 season scheduled for Friday, August 9 2019, it will be interesting to see how the new acquisitions will perform in their new clubs.