Premier League clubs spend a record $829m in January transfer window

Federation Internationale de Football Association announces that next season's Premier League transfer window will open on June 9, with clubs only allowed to sign players until the start of the campaign.

£450million - reported fees spent by Premier League clubs in the January window as a whole - double the previous record for a winter window.

Elsewhere, Tottenham signed Lucas Moura for £23m, and Olivier Giroud and Andre Ayew made £18m moves - to Chelsea and Swansea respectively - as deadline-day spending passed the record set in 2011.

This contrasted with last season's trend where half of gross expenditure came from the bottom-six clubs in a bid to retain their Premier League status.

One of the most high-profile transfers, Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, was a straight swap deal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the opposite direction.

However, with Spurs and City to follow Everton's visit to the Emirates, Arsene Wenger will need the former Dortmund duo to quickly re-establish their partnership to keep in touch with the other challengers.

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When Arsene Wenger chose to boost his options in the left-back position in the winter of 2013 and he signed Nacho Monreal from Malaga for a fee of €10m, it was met with a lot of pessimism among the Arsenal faithful, largely due to his rather hefty price-tag and lack of experience in the Premier League.

Among them, Chelsea signed the most players (3).

But Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Burnley on Wednesday, said: "He is a player who can fight with defenders, challenge and score goals".

The most expensive Premier League signing of the January transfer window actually went through on the opening day of the month, when Liverpool signed defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m.

German World Cup victor Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost by finally agreeing to a new contract that will see him become the highest-paid player in the club's history, at about £350,000 a week, according to the BBC. The only thing that could have made deadline day better for Arsenal would have been the addition of Jonny Evans.

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