Spurs are only big money highlight in quiet winter window for Premier League

February 2 – Tottenham Hotspur led the Premier League cash spend winter window, welcoming RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner on loan and Genoa’s in-form defender Radu Dragusin on a permanent transfer worth €25 million.

They also look set to beat Barcelona to the signature of 17-year-old Swedish prospect Lucas Bergvall.

In an unexpected turn of events, 14th-placed Crystal Palace spent the most on permanent transfers, headlined by a £20 million move for 19-year-old Blackburn midfielder Adam Wharton. They spent more than £30 million in total. The Eagles may have felt pressured to spend on new midfield recruitments as the top clubs continue to circle around star duo Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze.

Across England’s top flight, teams combined for a spend of just £112.5m – less than Enzo Fernandez’s 2023 move to Chelsea by itself – amounting to the lowest winter window fee of the decade.

Eleven Premier League teams spent zero on incoming players, including four of the big six in Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Liverpool will sensibly be gearing up for life after Jurgen Klopp in the summer, as the German’s departure announcement was the most significant Premier League story of the month. With Klopp leaving in the summer, it makes little sense to pump money into a squad that is already performing well in the absence of big names such as Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson.

Young star Conor Bradley also feels like a new signing for the reds with three assists and a goal in two games whilst filling in for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, reducing the need to recruit back-up defenders.

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