- Just under £2 billion has been spent by Premier League clubs over the summer transfer window so far
- Chelsea have been the biggest spenders and have spent around £300 million with still time left to go before the window closes
- Moises Caicedo has been the most expensive Premier League transfer after he completed a £115 million move from Brighton to join Chelsea
There have been plenty of blockbuster deals taking place in the Premier League this summer. Clubs in the English top flight have spent close to £2 billion in what has been a crazy summer of Premier League transfers. And we haven’t finished yet!
The European transfer window doesn’t close until the end of the month so there is still time for plenty more business to be concluded. Many clubs are still evaluating their squads as the new season gets underway and those involved will still be keen to improve their teams before the window closes.
Nevertheless, we are taking you through the top five Premier League transfers during the 2023 summer transfer window so far.
Champions Manchester City have continued to spend as they look to make it a fourth consecutive league title. Arsenal have brought in a number of new players as they look to challenge for the Premier League trophy once more. Newcastle United and Manchester United have both strengthened too as they are set to compete in the Champions League this season.
As for Liverpool and Chelsea, they have overseen a number of changes to their squads as they look to bounce back following underwhelming campaigns last season. The madness at Stamford Bridge continues as Todd Boehly continues the heavy spending. Below, we take you through the top five Premier League transfers so far this summer.
5. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton to Liverpool)
Yet another one of Brighton’s key players from their impressive sixth-placed finish last season departed the Amex Stadium earlier this summer. The departure of Alexis Mac Allister occurred very early on in the window as he moved for a fee of £36 million. Although the fee was significantly less than the deals included later on, Mac Allister will bring excellent quality to the Liverpool midfield.
With the Reds losing Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain over the summer, they needed some midfield reinforcements. Mac Allister has proven his ability in the Premier League already at Brighton and also excelled for Argentina as they won the 2022 World Cup. Capable of playing in a variety of roles across the middle, Mac Allister will be an excellent addition for Liverpool.
4. Moises Caicedo (Brighton to Chelsea)
The transfer saga of Moises Caicedo is finally over. He has finally left the Seagulls to join Chelsea. The spending continues to flow at Stamford Bridge and the total spend since Boehly took over the club has now reached over £900 million.
Central midfield was a clear weakness for the Blues with just Enzo Fernandez the only real option. However, they have finally got Caicedo after he turned down the chance to join Liverpool. Caicedo was excellent for Brighton last term and the South Coast side stuck to their guns to acquire a significant fee. The 21-year-old will form an impressive partnership in the middle of the park with Fernandez.
3. Sandro Tonali (Milan to Newcastle United)
The Magpies continue to spend following their takeover but at a slower rate than Chelsea. One of their main arrivals has been in the form of Sandro Tonali who has swapped the San Siro for St. James’ Park. The Italian midfielder has joined for a fee of £55 million and adds superb quality.
Tonali had an excellent debut for his new club, scoring in the 5-1 win over Aston Villa on the opening day. He helped the Rossoneri to the 2021/22 Scudetto and will bring new qualities to the midfield for Newcastle, especially as they feature in the Champions League this season for the first time since 2002/03.
2. Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig to Manchester City)
The Cityzens dominated football last season as they were crowned treble winners. They became just the second English team to do so after rivals Man United won the treble in 1999. Despite some key outgoings this summer, in the form of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan, City still have an extremely strong squad.
City had the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League last term but have strengthened even further with the addition of Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig. The 21-year-old Croatian was one of the most sought after young defenders in world football and there’s no surprise that City have signed him for a fee of £77 million.
1. Declan Rice (West Ham United to Arsenal)
The Gunners came extremely close to winning their first title since 2004 last term as they led at the top of the league for a total of 30 rounds. However, injuries and dropped points towards the end of the campaign allowed City to claim the trophy.
Their marquee signing this summer has seen them acquire Declan Rice from West Ham United for a fee of £105 million. Rice had many suitors and City even made a late attempt to hijack the deal. Nevertheless, Arsenal got their man and he will significantly improve their midfield as they seek revenge for last season.
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