With the January transfer window shutting on February 1, attention now turns to the summer. Last year’s window opened later than usual on July 27 due to the coronavirus-enforced break in the middle of the season. The window closed on October 5, but an additional domestic-only window then ran for another two weeks.
Despite the financial impact of Covid, Premier League clubs still managed to conduct a number of high-profile deals.
Chelsea were the big spenders last summer, splashing out over £200million on new recruits including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.
Manchester United signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £35m, while neighbours Manchester City bought Ruben Dias from Benfica for £65m.
Elsewhere, Arsenal completed the transfer of long-term target Thomas Partey after meeting the £45m release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract as champions Liverpool picked up Thiago Alcantara for a bargain £20m before spending £40m to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves.
Jesse Lingard has departed Old Trafford, joining West Ham on loan for the rest of the season.
The Hammers also made Said Benrahma’s loan move from Brentford permanent to free up loan space for Lingard.
Arsenal secured a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.
The 22-year-old Norwegian joins the Gunners for the rest of the season after struggling to hold down a place in Zinedine Zidane’s side.