Tottenham transfer news: Premier League top six rivals have spent half a billion since Spurs last signed a player



Tottenham have completed their first signing since January 2018.

Spurs have snapped up Leeds youngster Jack Clarke with the highly-rated youngster putting pen to paper on a four-year deal in north London.

He becomes the first player to join since Lucas Moura on January 31 2018, with their Premier League top-six rivals spending over half a billion pounds in that time.

Manchester City have lifted both Premier League titles on offer since Moura’s move to Tottenham and so have limited their incomings to more than £69million.

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez joined for £60million as the main signing of last summer, while defender Philippe Sandler was limited to two cup appearances following his £2.6million move from PEC Zwolle.

A £7million deal was also struck with Columbus Crew in December for United States international goalkeeper Zack Steffen – who will join City on July 9.

While an agreement had been in place for a year, Liverpool completed the £52.75million capture of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig last July, with fellow midfielder Fabinho coming in from Monaco for £39million.

Liverpool also took advantage of Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League to bring in Xherdan Shaqiri for a £13.5million fee.

Their drive to Champions League glory and second place in the Premier League also owed a lot to the recruitment of Alisson Becker from Roma for £55.5million – at the time a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper – taking their overall spend past £160million.

The late arrival of new head coach Maurizio Sarri saw Chelsea leave their summer spending until mid-July last year.

Sarri went back to former club Napoli to land midfielder Jorginho for £51.3million, while experienced goalkeeper Robert Green was signed on a free from Huddersfield.

The Blues also eclipsed Liverpool’s deal for Alisson by forking out £72million for Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Kepa is the most expensive goalkeeper ever (PA)

A move for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic was also struck in January, the player staying in Germany for the rest of the season after his £57.6million deal had been agreed.

There were also loan signings of Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain (for £8.1million) to be taken into account factoring into an £189million outlay.

Arsenal may have ended the campaign behind their north London neighbours for the second successive year but they did at least bring in some fresh talent for new head coach Unai Emery to work with at the cost of £70million.

Experienced defender Stephan Lichtsteiner joined from Juventus on a free while goalkeeper Bernd Leno came in from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.5million.

Daniel James joined United earlier this month (Man Utd via Getty Images)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was acquired from Borussia Dortmund for £14.4million while the midfield duo of Lucas Torreira – £27million from Sampdoria – and £7million man Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient completed the summer spending before Denis Suarez joined on loan from Barcelona in January.

Jose Mourinho spent £82.5million on three summer signings last year before a wretched first half of the season saw him lose his job at Old Trafford.

Manchester United paid Porto £19million for promising full-back Diogo Dalot with Brazil midfielder Fred signed for £47million from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Lee Grant came in for £1.5million from Stoke to offer goalkeeping back-up, while current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Swansea winger Daniel James his first recruit after the Red Devils paid an initial £15million earlier this month before shelling out £50million for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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