#ASEDEYHOT JANUARY TRANSFER SPENDING MAY BEAT £225M HIGH. ARSENAL SET TO BE FIRST OUT THE BLOCKS
The January transfer window opened on Saturday for clubs in England, Scotland,
Germany and France with expectations of a high spending round dependent on early
sales to set the merry-go-round in motion.
Transfer windows open today in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with
Turkey and Ireland on Thursday. Switzerland’s window doesn’t open until the 16th,
Poland’s on the 18th and Romania’s not until the 26th.
Premier League clubs have until 11pm on February 1st to complete their
transactions, but high spending by the title (and Champions League) contenders,
fuelled by massive TV revenues and particularly poor first halves to the season from
Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, will be the determining factor in whether
the total spent by Premier League clubs matches the £130 million recorded in the
past two seasons or reaches the record £225 million spent in 2011.
Players who will be difficult to prise away from their current clubs but who could
command very high prices include Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and PSG’s Edinson