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Brexit, Covid-19 a double whammy to EPL clubs' appetite in January transfer window

The previous 31 days of the window only saw the loan signing of Martin Odegaard across the three London giants. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - What a difference a year makes. After last year's blockbuster January transfer window - the second highest in English Premier League (EPL) history with £230 million (S$419 million) spent - this year passed with barely a whimper with an estimated spend of £84.6 million.

Even in Europe, the ongoing effect of the pandemic has been felt. In total, deals in the top five European leagues - the EPL, French Ligue 1, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Spain's La Liga - totalled only £260 million.

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