Premier League clubs spent 430 million
pounds in the January transfer window to
shatter the previous mark of 225 million set
in 2011, said a report by the Sports Business
Group at Deloitte.
The January window closed on
Wednesday after a frantic month of activity
during which Barcelona completed the
most expensive deal by signing Philippe
Coutinho from Liverpool for a transfer fee
reported at about 142 million pounds.
“International trade has flourished, with
the highest ever January gross overseas
outlay in Premier League history (260
million pounds), but also the highest
amount of January receipts from abroad
(185 million pounds),” said Dan Jones,
partner in the Sports Business Group at
coach of Sudan, Logarusic Hrvatsko,
has hailed the Super Eagles goalkeeper,
Dele Ajiboye for taking Nigeria to the final
of the African Nations Championship in
Morocco.
Hrvatsko opined that Ajiboye was the
man of the match.
The home-based Eagles defeated Sudan
1-0 on Wednesday, thanks to Gabriel
Okechukwu’s first-half striker, to book a
place in the final.
But the Sudanese coach said, “Ajiboye
was the one that took them to the final. He
gave to them a nice confidence and when
the needed help in the goal, he was the
one that helped.
“He played the game well and he is the
man of the match for me. What I realised
when he was coming was that he was a
cool guy, though he looked a bit older.
“I say congratulations to the Nigerian
team but you know sometimes in football,
you don’t deserve to lose but you lose the
game.
“While sometimes you don’t deserve to
win but you win the game but today at
the end Nigeria put the ball in the net to
score and they defended well.
“But we were dangerous on the counterattack
but what is important for me with
the Sudan national team is that they are
showing progress and they are playing
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic
has joined Anderlecht on loan for the rest
of the season, the English club said on
Twitter on Wednesday.
Markovic has not featured for Liverpool
this season and had also been linked
with a loan move to Premier League side
Swansea City.
The Serbia international joined
Liverpool in 2014 and has made 34
appearances for the club, scoring three
goals.
He has previously spent time on loan
with Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon and
Hull City.
some nice football.
“Also now like I said before, the boys
can compete against any country in
Africa. Today we played against Nigeria
and I think we produced a good game
which is good for Africa.”
Nigeria is set to face Morocco in the
final of the tournament on Sunday.
Deloitte.
“While another record-breaking season
catches the eye, Premier League clubs’
expenditure continues to be well within
their means in the context of revenue
generated.
“The estimated 2017-18 net spend of
755 million pounds represents 17 percent
of forecast 2017-18 Premier League
revenue, in line with the average over the
15 years since the first transfer window
in January 2003.”
The January window also saw the total
expenditure by the Big Six – Manchester
City, Manchester United, Chelsea,
Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur and
Arsenal – come to 265 million pounds,
representing 62 percent of total gross
spending.
This contrasted against last season’s
trend where half of gross expenditure
came from the bottom-six clubs in a bid
to retain their Premier League status.
“Such is the level of competition for a
coveted top-four position in the Premier
League, as well as ongoing European
battles, that top clubs have been willing
to break with more traditional summer
investment strategies to steal a march on
their rivals mid-season,” Jones added.

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