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The summer transfer window has been a scorcher!

POSTED ON 30 AUGUST 2017

Record transfer fees are forever being broken, so what’s the big news this summer in preparation for the 2017/2018 football season?

For one of the most popular and beloved sports in Britain, for many it would perhaps be depressing to think that the sport is entirely inactive for even a temporary period of time during the year. Well, it’s not, because from the moment the very last competitive football match finishes in the season, the transfer window, in which transfers between clubs in the same league can take place, opens.

Due to the fact that many players’ contracts expire on the 30th June, however, many transfers don’t get completed until 1st July. From here, clubs are free to trade players with one another, and welcome new signings into their sporting arsenals. The new season has already started of course, and it always makes for an exciting start to the new season with transfer activity not only continuing through the early fixtures, but forever heightening with frantic pace, competitiveness and tension as the transfer window comes to a close. The window will officially shut on 31st August at precisely 23:00.

Last year’s spending surpassed a whopping £1 billion pounds for the first time. This summer is set to reach an even higher figure, with Premier League clubs’ spending already having surpassed £500 million since the end of last season. The record transfer amount was broken three times last season. It was once the £85.3 million transfer fee that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale back in 2013 which stood as the world’s highest ever transfer fee. But last season saw the likes of Paul Pogba move from Juventus to Manchester United for £89 million, setting a new world record for the highest transfer fee.

We have already seen some very big money being spent in English football during the current summer transfer window. Mohamed Salah from Roma to Liverpool for £34 million, Ederson Moraes from Benfica to Man City for £35 million, and then the colossal transfer of Bernardo Silva from Monaco to Man City for £43 million. Meanwhile, Arsenal have bought Alexandre Lacazette, and the fee is reported to be £46.5 million. Likewise Manchester United have taken on Romelu Lukaku from Everton for what is rumoured to be a fee of £75m.

Liverpool currently have their eyes on both Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. Also, Everton have approached Benfica with a view to bringing striker Raúl Jiménez to Goodison Park, while Lazio striker Keita Baldé is rumoured to be on the move to Tottenham. One thing’s for sure: all this money will certainly make for a riveting season ahead in English football!

 

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