European football January transfer window in numbers

The Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal between Arsenal and Manchester United has been the one big news for European football clubs’ January player transfer window. The top five European Leagues have witnessed £801.5 million ($1,147.57 million) exchange hands in a total of 520 deals.

English Premier League has been the biggest trader with consolidated deals worth £450 m ($641.5 million) on sale and acquisition on players. Phillipe Coutinho’s £142 m ($202.4 million) transfer deal from Liverpool to Barcelona topped the table for individual players.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three-team move sparked a three-pronged striker shuffle, with Arsenal selling Olivier Giroud to Chelsea who shipped Michy Batshuayi to Aubameyang’s former club Borussia Dortmund on loan.


Even as Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal hogged the limelight, English clubs also spent and received phenomenal amounts for procuring and selling top stars. Here are the top five deals:

Deloitte’s Sports Business Group estimates spending by Premier League clubs in the 2017/18 season to be a record £1.9 billion, eclipsing last season’s record of £1.4 billion.

French clubs have been relatively calm during the January transfer window, spearheaded by the Premier League with Spanish La Liga in the second position.