Premier League spending reached a record £1.165bn this summer, with 13 of the 20 clubs in the league breaking their transfer records. Another record was the £155m spent by Premier League clubs on Transfer Deadline Day. This surpassed the previous record of £140m, set during the summer 2013 window. Here are five clubs who broke their transfer records, in some cases more than once, during the summer of 2016.
Burnley – Jeff Hendrick (£10.5m)
Burnley’s previous record signing – Steven Defour for £8m in August 2016
When Burnley were relegated from the Premier League in the 2014/15 season, there was a feeling that they had a good side and if they had spent more money on players they would have stayed in the Premier League for more than one season. They have definitely sought to rectify this in the 2016/17 season by spending big money on players that they hope will keep them in the league. Burnley’s new record signing is 24-year-old Jeff Hendrick who has joined the Clarets from Championship club Derby in a £10.5m deal for three years. The Republic of Ireland midfielder did well at Euro 2016, starting all four matches for his country, and a move to the Premier League is where Hendrick “aspires to be after the summer I’ve had.”
Hull City – Ryan Mason (in excess of £10m)
Hull City’s previous record signing – Abel Hernandez for £10m in September 2014
Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason chose to join Hull City instead of Sunderland and became their club record fee when doing so. The 25-year-old has one England cap to his name and has signed a three-year deal with the Tigers. Mason has been a regular for Spurs in the past two seasons and made 29 appearances last season. He said of his move to Hull City, “I’m delighted and excited to be here. “I can’t wait to get started and I see this as a massive opportunity for me.” Hull were solid relegation favourites, but with six points from three games and signings like Ryan Mason, they might just manage to remain in the Premier League for longer than a season.
Leicester City – Islam Slimani (£29m)
Leicester City’s previous record signing – Ahmed Musa for £16m in July 2016
Algerian striker Islam Slimani joined Leicester City for a club record fee believed to be £29m on Transfer Deadline Day. The 28-year-old former Sporting Lisbon player has signed a five-year deal with Leicester City after scoring 27 goals in 33 appearances for the Portuguese side last season. Slimani will be playing with international team-mate Riyad Mahrez and said “I’ve always wanted to play my football in the Premier League and to get the opportunity to do that with the reigning champions was something that I simply could not turn down.” It is widely believed that Leicester City will finish in the top half of the league this season but outside of the top four. With a signing like Slimani, the Foxes are showing that they will not fade into obscurity after their fairytale season.
Manchester United – Paul Pogba (£89m)
Manchester United’s previous record signing – Angel Di Maria (£59.7m) in August 2014
Manchester United concluded their business early this transfer window and they made quality signings that they hope will enable them to win the Premier League. Jose Mourinho signed four players and Paul Pogba returned to complete the quartet. Pogba left Manchester United as a 19-year-old and went to Juventus for four years but he has returned to Old Trafford after feeling that this was the right time to do so. The 23-year-old midfielder returned to the club for a world-record fee of £89m and on a five-year deal. Pogba stated, “This is the right club for me to achieve everything I hope to.” If United win the Premier League this season, there is no doubt that Paul Pogba will be instrumental to their success.
West Bromwich Albion – Nacer Chadli (£13m)
West Bromwich Albion’s previous record signing – Salomon Rondon (£12m) in August 2015
Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli joined West Brom for a club record fee of £13m on a four-year deal. Chadli was surplus to requirements at Spurs where he did not play for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in any of the three Premier League fixtures to have taken place so far this season. The 27-year-old said he was very pleased to be at West Brom and “I just want to help the team win as many games as possible.” West Brom are not a typically creative or attacking team, but a signing like Nacer Chadli should be able to change that. He scored 25 goals in 119 appearances for Spurs and will be looking to add to that as he aims to reignite his career at the Hawthorns.