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Premier League transfers: Spending breakdown after Deadline Day

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Arsenal splash league-topping £156.8m on signings, followed by Man Utd and Man City; Gunners also top net spend chart; Southampton, Brighton, Aston Villa, Norwich and Watford record net profit; Norwich and Watford register squad overhauls

How much did Premier League clubs spend on transfers during the summer window? We crunch the numbers…

Premier League clubs have splashed around £1.04bn on 103 permanent signings for disclosed fees during the summer transfer window – but how much did your team spend?

The total expenditure was £266m short of last summer’s total and produced a £593m net spend after teams recouped around £446m on player sales.

Manchester City made the most expensive recruit during the window, with Jack Grealish costing £100m from Aston Villa, while Romelu Lukaku (£97.5m to Chelsea from Inter Milan) and Jadon Sancho (£73m to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund) were also among the most pricey additions.

Jack Grealish says it’s "a dream come true" to have joined Manchester City
Image:Jack Grealish says it’s “a dream come true” to have joined Manchester City

Arsenal invested heavily, topped with £50m acquisition Ben White from Brighton, followed by Raphael Varane (£41m to Manchester United from Real Madrid), Emi Buendia (£38m to Aston Villa from Norwich) and Ibrahima Konate (£36m to Liverpool from RB Leipzig).

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Arsenal emerged as the window’s most spendthrift club with a £156.8m spree on young talent, including White (£50m), Martin Odegaard (£34m), Aaron Ramsdale (£30m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.8m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£15m) and Nuno Tavares (£8m).

Jadon Sancho feature
Image:Manchester United signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m

Manchester United nearly matched the Gunners with a £133.7m outlay on Sancho, Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo (£19.7m), while Manchester City invested every penny of their £100m spending on Grealish, with Aston Villa reinvesting £93m of that cash on new recruits to help fill the void left by their former captain – just shy of Chelsea‘s £97.5m outlay spent entirely on Lukaku.

Manchester United have reached an agreement to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo
Image:Manchester United re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £19.75m

At the other end of the scale, Everton kept their finances largely under lock and key with a league-low £1.6m spent on signings, with Watford (£4.5m), Southampton (£15m), Wolves (£16.4m) and Burnley (£17.5m) also among the most frugal teams during the window.

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Aston Villa top the table for funds received during the window after cashing in on the record-breaking £100m for Grealish, while Chelsea replenished the club’s coffers with a cool £94.4m from sales: Tammy Abraham (£34m to Roma), Kurt Zouma (£29.8m to West Ham), Fikayo Tomori (£25m), Olivier Giroud (£1.7m, both to AC Milan) and Victor Moses (£3.9m to Spartak Moscow).

Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal for AC Milan
Image:AC Milan signed Olivier Giroud from Chelsea for £1.7m

Brighton (£50m from White), Southampton (£40m from Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard), Norwich (£38m from Buendia) were among the biggest sellers.

Manchester United (£30m), Manchester City (£27.3m), Arsenal (£25m) and Liverpool (£24.5m) all collected modest totals from sales, while Watford (£10m), Wolves (£4m) and Tottenham (£2.5m) recovered smaller sums.

BrentfordBurnleyCrystal PalaceEvertonLeedsLeicesterNewcastle and West Ham emerged from the window without a penny from outgoings for disclosed fees.

NET SPEND

Here’s where it matters: what was the final net spend after factoring incomings and outgoings?

The top three teams for net expenditure remain unchanged from the spending chart, with Arsenal the most spendthrift club with a £131.8m net spend, followed by Manchester United (£103.7m) and Manchester City (£72.7m).

Ramsdale signs for Arsenal
Image:Arsenal signed Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United for £30m

The next biggest net spenders were Big Six challengers West Ham (63.3m) and Leicester City (£55m), followed by Tottenham (£54.6m), Leeds (£43m), Brentford (£31.1m), Crystal Palace (£28.5m), Newcastle (£25m), Burnley (£17.5m), Wolves (12.4m), Liverpool (£11.5m), Chelsea (£3.1m) and Everton (£1.6m).

Five clubs recorded profit in their summer business with Southampton registering a league-topping £25m surplus, followed by Brighton (£17.9m), Aston Villa (£7m), Norwich (£6.1m) and Watford (£5.5m).

TOTAL TRANSFERS

In terms of incomings, Norwich drafted a league-high 10 permanent signings and also drafted another four on loan deals as the Canaries look to secure survival this term with proceeds from the sale of Buendia, while WatfordAston Villa and Leeds also recruited heavily.

Tzolis has joined Norwich from PAOK on a five-year deal (Credit: Matt Usher, Norwich City)
Image:Christos Tzolis joined Norwich from PAOK for £10m on a five-year deal (Credit: Matt Usher, Norwich City)

Meanwhile, Chelsea maintained their trend of loaning out the most players with 17 shipped out on short-term deals, while Brighton also appear to be adopting a similar approach by equalling the Blues tally for players temporarily leaving the club.

ChelseaTottenham and Watford also completed considerable summer clear-outs, each offloading 22 players on a permanent basis – with Newcastle and Southampton each sanctioning 18 departures.

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How AC Milan missed out on Ghanaian youngster Felix Afena-Gyan

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Afena Gyan scores brace for AS Roma against Genoa

Afena-Gyan makes Serie A record

Afena-Gyan valued at €20m

Ghanaian youngster Felix Afena-Gyan may be excelling for AS Roma but he could have ended up at rivals AC Milan.

The youngster has risen from the youth side of the Italian giants and taking a spot on the first team where he is in the process of establishing himself as a key cog in Jose Mourinho’s side.

His two goals in AS Roma’s victory over Genoa made him the first player born in 2003 to score in the Italian top flight league.

It has however emerged that Afena-Gyan was once on the books AC Milan and could have had his development in Milan instead of Rome.

Oliver Arthur, the Ghanaian football agent credited with the discovery of the 18-year-old has revealed that Afena-Gyan had trials with AC Milan who were interested in signing him.

Oliver Arthur says the choice of AS Roma as the club for Afena-Gyan was informed by his quest to get a place where the youngster’s development was not going to be impeded.

“He initially had trials at AS Roma, then Sassuolo before going to AC Milan. Milan, just like the other clubs, was very much interested in him. But, we needed to make a decision and look at the best for the player and we settled on AS Roma,” he said Kumasi-based Pure FM.

Oliver Arthur also spoken about how the youngster’s stock has risen since he broke into the first team of AS Roma.

He disclosed that Afena-Gyan is now valued at €20million following his good display for AS Roma.

“It will really be difficult. Very difficult. Range? May be between €15m-€20m. For what he’s done and the abilities he possesses, I think, yes, €20m” he told Angel TV

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Africa to use VAR in World Cup play-offs after Ghana vs South Africa incident

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Ghana defeats South Africa 1-0

South Africa petitions FIFA over penalty in Ghana game

Senegalese referee to be punished by FIFA, says South Africa coach

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in the final phase of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Gianni Infantino, the President of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has said.

Infantino has disclosed that FIFA and CAF will use the technology in the play-off to improve officiating in those matches.

Speaking at the extraordinary general assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo, Egypt Infantino said FIFA is making efforts to enhance the quality of matches and introduction of VAR is one of the measures.

“The final stage of the African World Cup qualifiers will see an improvement in refereeing performance due to the use of VAR,” said Infantino.

The President of CAF, Patrice Motsepe who is a South African refused to comment on the specific case of Ghana versus South Africa but promised an investment in officiating.

“We are going to invest in the competitions because our competitions are everything,” said Motsepe.

“That’s why the announcement that we are making today regarding referees is critically important. Africa have got good referees, and we have got world-class referees. We’ve also got referees who are not so good.

“Then we’ve also got referees who are even further from not so good, but they all try. We want to train them, and also pay them good money and look after them. So that they can make a career out of being referees.”

Ghana defeated South Africa 1-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium on November 14, 2021 via a controversial penalty.

Defender Daniel Amartey earned Ghana the penalty which was converted by skipper Andre Ayew on the 33rd minute.

South Africa took issues with the decision by referee Ndiaye and petitioned FIFA to probe what they perceive to be match manipulation.

According to SAFA, the referee was compromised and thus ruled the game in favour of the host team.

The Ghana Football Association has meanwhile disputed the claims and emphasized the Black Stars deserved victory.

It is expected FIFA will issue a verdict on the game in the coming days.

The draw for the play-off will be held in January next year after the Africa Cup of Nations.

The ten countries that have qualified include Ghana, Egypt, Algeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

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Forget about replay FIFA, will only ban referee Ndiaye Maguette – Hugo Broos

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It appears that head coach of South Africa, Hugo Broos has given up hope of forcing a replay of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana from FIFA.

The Black Stars defeated the Bafana Bafana of South Africa by a lone goal to secure the only slot in group G for the play offs of the 2022 World Cup.

South Africa after the game accused the match official of match fixing, match manipulation among others before lodging an official complaint with FIFA.

Ghana had a penalty after Daniel Amartey went to ground in the penalty box following a challenge from Rushine De Reuck although it appeared soft there was a nudge in the back of the Leicester City defender.

The Senegalese referee Ndiaye Maguette who was standing just a few meters outside the penalty box swiftly awarded the penalty without any second thought.

FIFA urged the two Associations that is Ghana and South Africa to present any comments or evidence it deems appropriate latest by 20th November 2021 as they referred the protest to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee who began their work on 23rd November,2021.

FIFA is now due to issue a verdict on that appeal which has created friction between Ghana and South Africa in football circles.

Ahead of the verdict, South Africa’s Belgian tactician doesn’t seem confident.

“Fifa met on Tuesday,” Broos told HLN Sportcast. “We expect a decision in the course of this week. It’s not just about the penalty kick, it’s about the whole game. The referee made 71 decisions, 47 of which were foul. The analysis has shown that. And 90 percent of those 47 wrong decisions were against us.”

“You have to be able to prove something like that in black and white. Was he bribed? Wasn’t he pressured? Or was he just having a really bad day? The numbers are there, but is that enough for FIFA? I personally think that it will remain with a suspension for the referee and that we should not count on a replay.” he said.

The draw for the play offs will come off in January while the matches will be played in March 2022.

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