It is less than three months since the last spending spree finished. When it did, Premier League clubs had spent £1.26 billion (S$2.24 billion); more than their Spanish, German and French counterparts combined and an amount that appeared obscene in the worst recession for 300 years.
That sum forms the backdrop to this month's transfer window, but there are other relevant numbers: the thousands of empty seats at grounds every week. With fans kept away and clubs bleeding money even the Premier League surely cannot carry on spending, even if that was said last summer.
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