Premier League clubs spend a record $2.2 billion in the transfer window

A record spending spree by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer market topped the $2.2 billion mark before the window closed on Thursday with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and — belatedly — Chelsea all signing players to complete the reshuffle to their teams.

The headline transfer on a typically frantic final day of trading was the arrival of Brazilian winger Antoni to United from Ajax for $95m, making him the fourth most expensive player in Premier League history and football’s most expensive deadline day signing.

That brought United’s total spending in this most daring transfer window to around $240m – a figure surpassed across Europe only by Chelsea, who finally signed an exiting striker in Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In the club’s first transfer window in the post-Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea spent a staggering $280 million.

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