Nottingham Forest has animated the mercato by spending 162 million euros and breaking the English record for the number of recruits. In total, 21 players joined the club promoted to the Premier League!
As in France, the transfer market closed its doors on Thursday evening in England. Once again, the Premier League’s top teams have not skimped on the means to strengthen their ranks.
Nottingham Forest in top 5 of Premier League spenders.
Thus, Chelsea spent a little more than €280 million this summer. That’s a bit more than Manchester United (€238m), while Manchester City (€140m), Arsenal (€132m) and Liverpool (€90m) were a bit more reasonable. These three clubs even spent less than… Nottingham Forest! With the announcement of the arrival of Rennes’ central defender Loïc Badé on loan last night, the Premier League club completed a particularly eventful mercato. In total, the team owned by Evángelos Marinákis spent 162 million euros (5th most expensive club in the Premier League) to buy… 21 players! This is simply a record number of recruits in England. And a 22nd arrival is not to be ruled out since the right-back Serge Aurier, free since his departure from Villarreal, could soon join.
Recruits in all positions.
For his return to the top flight after 23 years, the two-time winner of the C1 (1979, 1980) has completely revised his squad. In the goalkeeper position, he recruited Dean Henderson (Manchester United, loan) and Wayne Hennessey (free). In addition to Badé (Rennes), Moussa Niakhaté (Mainz) and Willy Boly (Wolverhampton) have arrived to strengthen the central hinge. In the wings, fullbacks Neco Williams (Liverpool), Giulian Biancone (Troyes), Omar Richards (Bayern), Renan Lodi (Atletico, paid loan) and Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield) have also moved to Forest. Midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is the Reds’ most expensive signing of the summer, having been bought from Wolverhampton for €29.5m. To complete the midfield, the current 15th of the Premier League has also recruited Orel Mangala (Stuttgart), Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Brandon Aguilera (Alajuelense), Cheikhou Kouyate (free) and Jesse Lingard (free). Finally, strikers Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin), Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Ui-jo Hwang (Bordeaux) and Josh Bowler (Blackpool) have been added to the offensive sector. Good luck to Steve Cooper to create chemistry.