- 22 January
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The biggest spenders of January window
The January transfer window tends to be more low profile than the summer, with clubs often demanding higher fees for their stars, making mid-season moves difficult to pull off.
However, the additional World Cup premium hasn’t stopped teams from splashing the cash and making big money moves to bolster their squads for the second half of the season.
With the winter transfer window well underway, teams have already started to make moves and FootballTransfers has collated a regularly-updated list of the biggest spenders in January 2023 using the approximate figures available.
Who are the biggest spenders in January 2023?
Premier League sides make up the vast majority of the biggest spenders, continuing the trend of English teams spending more than most the other European leagues combined.
However, despite breaking the world record for most money spent in a single window, the Blues were unfazed by the outlay and continued to splash the cash in January.
But the most jawdropping deal of the lot was the capture of Mykhaylo Mudryk, with Chelsea paying €100m - €70m up front with €30m to follow in add-one - to steal the Shakhtar forward from under the noses of Arsenal and take the Blues’ total January outlay to more than €180m.
Compared to Chelsea, every other side’s dealings seem tame, with Arsenal the next biggest spenders following their recent acquisitions of Leandro Trossard from Brigthon and Jakub Kiwior from Spezia.
Only three non-Premier League sides make the top 10, in Tigres, Flamengo and Benfica. Mexican side Tigres are the highest-spending of them with a €22.3m outlay, spent on Mexican pair Fernando Gorriaran and Nicolas Ibanez.
Nottingham Forest signed a staggering 23 players in the summer and they have added two more in January. raiding Palmeiras for Gustavo Scarpa on a free as well as midfielder Danilo for €20m.
Wolves loaned Atletico striker Matheus Cunha but there is an obligation to buy the Brazilian for €50m in the summer, while their €11m signing of Mario Lemina from Nice is their only permanent buy of the window.