Following the record signing of Enzo Fernandes to Chelsea F.C. on Deadline Day, the blues have spent a total of £300m + in this January transfer window alone – smashing all previous records.
Fernandes is a 22-year-old midfielder who lifted the Young Player of the Tournament award at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and has now signed on to be a Chelsea player for the next eight-and-a-half years.
This means that Jack Grealish is officially no longer the Premier Leagues most expensive transfer, beating his move from Aston Villa to City in 2021 for £100 million.
The Fernandez fee plus the other 8 new players Chelsea have bought in, such as Mudryk from FC Shakhtar Donetsk for £88.5m, Badiashile from Monaco for £35m, Madueke from PSV for £29m, and Felix on loan from Atlético de Madrid for £11m has taken Chelsea’s overall spending to about £300m +.
Clubs around Europe could only look on in astonishment as the Premier League lived up to its name of the richest league in football as all 20 clubs spent around £780m in total on 52 permanent signings.
To make a comparison – last year’s January transfer window saw a total of £295m spent on players.
The Premier League spent more than other top flight leagues like Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A, and La Liga did combined.
A new record of all-time expenditure across both the summer and winter windows was guaranteed after a record of £1.9bn was set in September, the final total is now expected to be double the previous record of £1.4bn in 2017.
The last two couple transfer windows have been extraordinary for Chelsea since the club’s £4.25bn sale to a consortium led by American investor Todd Boehly last May.
It’s still early days of Chelsea’s new era under Boehly and to many other Premier League club’s disapproval – Chelsea has already seen more than £550m spent on new signings.
Graham Potter’s current squad and all the new signings will be looking to improve the London club’s underwhelming first half of the season, where they currently sit in position 10 in the Premier League.