Who were the biggest Premier League spenders in every January transfer window? Usually Chelsea…

Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk Credit: Alamy
Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk Credit: Alamy

Chelsea have been the biggest January spenders five times, ahead of Manchester City and Newcastle. But does mid-season investment guarantee improvement?

 

January 2022 – Newcastle ∧∧∧

January spend: £85m

January signings: Kieran Trippier (£12m, Atletico Madrid), Chris Wood (£25m, Burnley), Bruno Guimaraes (£35m, Newcastle), Matt Targett (loan, Aston Villa), Dan Burn (£13m, Brighton)

January 1 position: 19th (two points from safety)

Final position: 11th (14 points above relegation zone)

 

January 2021 – West Ham =

January spend: £25m

January signings: Said Benrahma (£25m, Brentford)

January 1 position: 10th (three points behind Everton in 4th)

Final position: 10th (eight points behind Chelsea in 4th)

 

January 2020 – Man Utd ∧∧

January spend: £57.2m

January signings: Bruno Fernandes (£57.2m, Sporting), Nathan Bishop (undisclosed, Southend), Odion Ighalo (loan, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua).

January 1 position: 5th (five points behind Chelsea in 4th)

Final position: 3rd (four points above Leicester in 5th)

 

January 2019 – Chelsea ∧

January spend: £57m

January signings: Christian Pulisic (£57m, Borussia Dortmund), Gonzalo Higuain (loan, Juventus)

January 1 position: 4th (two points above Arsenal in 5th)

Final position: 3rd (two points above Arsenal in 5th)

 

January 2018 – Liverpool =

January spend: £75.2m

January signings: Virgil van Dijk (£75m, Southampton), Tony Gallacher (£200,000, Falkirk)

January 1 position: 4th (six points above Arsenal in 5th)

Final position: 4th (five points above Chelsea in 5th)

 

Premier League five-year net spend table: Chelsea within £100m of Manchester United

 

January 2017 – Crystal Palace ∧∧

January spend: £38.5m

January signings: Jeffrey Schlupp (£12m, Leicester), Patrick van Aanholt (£14m, Sunderland), Luka Milivojevic (£12.5m, Olympiakos), Mamadou Sakho (loan, Liverpool)

January 1 position: 17th (two points above relegation zone)

Final position: 14th (seven points above relegation zone)

 

January 2016 – Newcastle =

January spend: £29m

January signings: Jonjo Shelvey (£12m, Swansea), Andros Townsend (£12m, Spurs), Henri Saivet (£5m, Bordeaux), Seydou Doumbia (loan, Roma)

January 1 position: 18th (two points from safety)

Final position: 18th (two points from safety)

 

January 2015 – Manchester City =

January spend: £25m

January signings: Wilfried Bony (£25m, Swansea)

January 1 position: 2nd (level with Chelsea in 1st on points, goal difference and goals scored)

Final position: 2nd (eight points behind Chelsea in 1st)

 

January 2014 – Chelsea =

January spend: £44m

January signings: Bertrand Traore (undisclosed, Jeunes Espoirs), Nemanja Matic (£21m, Benfica), Mo Salah (£11m, Basel), Kurt Zouma (£12m, Saint-Etienne), Mario Pasalic (undisclosed, Hajduk Split)

January 1 position: 3rd (two points behind Arsenal in 1st)

Final position: 3rd (four points behind Manchester City in 1st)

 

January 2013 – Queens Park Rangers ∧∧

January spend: £22.5m

January signings: Tal Ben Haim (unattached), Loic Remy (£8m, Marseille), Yun Suk-young (undisclosed, Chunnam Dragons), Christopher Samba (£12.5m, Anzhi Makhachkala), Jermaine Jenas (£2m, Spurs)

January 1 position: 20th (eight points from safety)

Final position: 17th (one point above relegation zone)

 

January 2012 – Chelsea ∨

January spend: £21.9m

January signings: Kenneth Omeruo (undisclosed, Standard Liege), Gary Cahill (£7m, Bolton), Lucas Piazon (£6.7m, Sao Paulo), Patrick Bamford (£1.5m, Nottingham Forest), Kevin De Bruyne (£6.7m, Genk)

January 1 position: 5th (two points behind Arsenal in 4th)

Final position: 6th (four points behind Spurs in 4th)

 

January 2011 – Chelsea ∧∧∧

January spend: £71.3m

January signings: Fernando Torres (£50m, Liverpool), David Luiz (£21.3m, Benfica)

January 1 position: 5th (two points behind Spurs in 4th)

Final position: 2nd (nine points behind Man Utd in 1st)

Chelsea unveil Torres Credit: Alamy
Chelsea unveil Torres Credit: Alamy

 

January 2010 – Manchester City =

January spend: £7m

January signings: Patrick Vieira (free, Inter Milan), Adam Johnson (£7m, Sunderland)

January 1 position: 5th (two points behind Spurs in 4th)

Final position: 5th (three points behind Spurs in 4th)

 

January 2009 – Manchester City ∧∧

January spend: £40m

January signings: Wayne Bridge (£12m, Chelsea), Craig Bellamy (£14m, West Ham), Nigel De Jong (£17m, Hamburg), Shay Given (£7m, Newcastle)

January 1 position: 13th (two points above relegation zone)

Final position: 10th (16 points above relegation zone)

 

January 2008 – Chelsea ∧

January spend: £28.1m

January signings: Nicolas Anelka (£15m, Bolton), Branislav Ivanovic (£9.7m, Lokomotiv Moscow), Franco Di Santo (£3.4m, Audax Italiano)

January 1 position: 3rd (six points behind Arsenal in 1st)

Final position: 2nd (two points behind Man Utd in 1st)

 

January 2007 – West Ham ∧

January spend: £18.7m

January signings: Luis Boa Morte (£5m, Fulham), Nigel Quashie (£1.7m, West Brom), Calum Davenport (£3m, Tottenham), Lucas Neill (£1.5m Blackburn), Kepa Blanco (loan, Sevilla), Matthew Upson (£7.5m, Birmingham)

January 1 position: 18th (four points from safety)

Final position: 15th (three points above relegation zone)

 

January 2006 – Arsenal ∧∧

January spend: £19.5m

January signings: Abou Diaby (£2m, Auxerre), Theo Walcott (£12m, Southampton), Emmanuel Adebayor (£3m, Monaco), Mart Poom (free, Sunderland), Carlos Vela (£2.5m, Guadalajara)

January 1 position: 6th (four points behind Spurs in 4th)

Final position: 4th (two points above Spurs in 5th)

 

January 2005 – Newcastle ∨

January spend: £10m

January signings: Celestine Babayaro (free, Chelsea), Jean-Alain Boumsong (£8m, Rangers), Amdy Faye (£2m, Portsmouth)

January 1 position: 13th (10 points above relegation zone)

Final position: 14th (11 points above relegation zone)

 

January 2004 – Man Utd ∨∨∨

January spend: £16.3m

January signings: Dong Fangzhou (£3.5m, Dalian Shide), Louis Saha (£12.8m, Fulham)

January 1 position: 1st (one point above Arsenal in 2nd)

Final position: 3rd (15 points behind Arsenal in 1st)

 

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