Premier League Football: Record Breaking Deadline Day Spending
Another January has come to a close and for football fans at least, that means that you are stuck with what you've got until the end of the season. The transfer window has slammed shut.
It may be over, but not before the crazy deadline day sales have seen players sitting in service stations refreshing their phones almost as quick as the fans are, managers hanging out of the window of Land Rovers on their way to training, and agents picking up millions and millions of pounds behind the scenes.
A lot of the big news was already wrapped up before the silliness of deadline day. Manchester United picked up Alexis Sanchez, swapping him with Arsenal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Liverpool managed to finally get hold of Virgil van Dijk for £75 million to help them to stop losing to lesser teams (which has worked a treat so far), and Adrien Silva was finally allowed to join Leicester having spent the last six months doing pretty much bugger all.
Oh yeah, and Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona for £108m.
Despite all that, the deadline day spending of £150m is a new record and takes the total spending for the month up to £430m - which is an obscene amount of money.
Right - take a deep breath - Arsenal signed Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund, Dortmund signed Michy Batshuayi (on loan) from Chelsea, and then Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud.
That particular triangle saw Aubameyang sign on the dotted line in North London for a cool £56m; Giroud went across the city to Chelsea for £18m.
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Unfortunately for Tottenham, an honest to God game of football got in the way of their Deadline Day shenanigans (they beat Manchester United 2-0) but they still managed to bring in Lucas Moura from Paris St-Germain for £23 - which is to PSG what 20p is to you or me.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Manchester City managed to get hold of Aymeric Laporte for £57m one day before the close, but failed to sign Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez despite the Algerian's best efforts. He will now have to go back to Leicester.
Everton got most of their business out of the way early, taking Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth more than £20m and signing Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m.
Swansea signed Andre Ayew from West Ham, reuniting him with his brother Jordan, West Ham then snapped up Jordan Hugill from Preston North End for £10m.
Stoke City managed to sign Badou Ndiaye from Galatasaray for £14m as well.
Right, now that silly season is over, we can get back to the football.
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