Analyzing the transfer business of the Premier League's top 6 teams
This season saw the Premier League spending record for a January transfer window double with the total crossing £419m on deadline day.
The 'Big Six' alone spent £276m between them in a window that is usually known for its desperate purchases, and sales of only players that are surplus to requirements.
It was fairly surprising to see the big clubs actively targeting players that would improve them midseason.
Even Manchester City that seems to have all but secured the title, joined the party late on in the window. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal are all vying against each other to ensure that they are not the ones to miss out on that all-important Champions League spot.
This probably prompted each of them to make at least one key addition to their squads before the deadline shut on 31st January.
Among them, Chelsea signed the most players (3). Virgil van Dijk's transfer from Southampton to Liverpool was the window's most expensive. There were also some important sales, most notably of Liverpool's Phillippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
Here's a look at how the "top 6" in the Premier League went about their business.
#1 Manchester City
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao, £57m)
Eliaquim Mangala (Everton, loan)
It would have hurt losing Alexis Sanchez to their bitter rivals and then, later on in the window, failing to sign Riyad Mahrez. Although not urgent requirements, they would surely have helped in providing quality squad depth, given that they're still competing on four fronts. With Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane missing, City would be hoping that their remaining attackers remain injury-free.
However, they strengthened what was probably their only area of weakness in the first team with the capture of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao. While this would not only help ensure there are no unexpected slip-ups along their saunter to the Premier League title, it also significantly improves their chances in the Champions League.