A new year has begun and of course the best thing about 2013 starting is….the January transfer window.
As we speak there are 29 sweet days of transfer activity to come and if the first few are anything to go by, then it should be a cracker.
Liverpool have set the tone by snapping up Daniel Sturridge for around £12 million from Chelsea, while Demba Ba should soon be making the move from Newcastle to Stamford Bridge after the West London club activated Ba’s release clause, believed to be around £7.5 million.
Unfortunately, while anticipation is at an all-time high, activity in the mid-season window tends to be somewhat underwhelming, aside from a few notable exceptions. Indeed roughly speaking, two thirds less is spent in January than it is by clubs in the summer window.
However that will do little to dampen expectation of football fans all over the world who hope to see a big name signing arriving at their club.
So with the rumour mill in full swing and tension mounting day by day, what better time to further whet the appetite than by bringing you all the facts and figures you need to know ahead another transfer window. So, GMF brings you, the January transfer window in numbers.
12,600,000 – pounds spent in the 2013 January transfer window so far. Daniel Sturridge’s £12 million move to Liverpool accounts for the majority of that sum, while Demba Ba’s move to Chelsea should soon see that figure increase.
925,000,000 – the amount spent in the January transfer window since its introduction in 2003.
123,000,000 – the amount the biggest winter spenders, Chelsea, have splashed since 2003.
60,000,000 – the amount in pounds spent during the last January window.
50,000,000 – the single biggest January transfer fee in a January window, spent to take Fernando Torres to Chelsea in 2011.
161 – players joined Premier League clubs between 2009 and 2011, with only 115 leaving.
71,300,000 - the amount spent by Chelsea in the 2011 January window, the most spent by a club in a single winter window.
44,000,000 – Amount spent in the very first January transfer window. Newcastle completed the biggest deal of the window, spending around £11 million on Jonathan Woodgate from Leeds.
237,600,000 – The amount spent in the 2010/11 January window, the single most amount spent by all 20 Premier League clubs.
1.9 – over the past three windows, only 1.9% of all transfers have seen non-league players make the move into the Premier League.
59.6 – Since 2009, 59.6% of all transfers in January have been domestic moves, with 40.4% of signings coming from overseas.