The 2012/13 Premier League season has been a topsy-turvy adventure and as expected, the teams from Manchester are in pole position yet again, with the hope of being crowned champions come May. Last season was epic in every proportion and the way the league was won was like a classic Hollywood movie.
A lot of business was conducted in the summer with the Big Boys of the league grabbing all the headlines for the star signings that in all fairness, have been worth every penny spent.
The defending champions, Manchester City, spent wads of cash bringing in the likes of Javi Garcia, Scott Sinclair, Maicon and Jack Rodwell while their fierce rivals, Manchester United, stole the headlines for the captures of Japanese sensation, Shinji Kagawa and Arsenal’s talisman, Robin van Persie.
The Merseysiders, Liverpool and Everton, weren’t too active in the transfer window but they were able to make some high-profile signings in the mold of Joe Allen and Kevin Mirallas, that were renowned figureheads in their previous clubs.
The Londoners also did their bit in the transfer market, with Chelsea making the highest-profile signings of the summer transfer window with the captures of Eden Hazard and Oscar. Arsenal lost two juggernauts in Robin van Persie and Alex Song, but they complimented their losses with the signings of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal’s eternal rivals, Tottenham, also lost Luka Modric to Real Madrid but Andre Villas-Boas made some astute signings in Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele.
After five months of grueling Premier League action, Manchester United’s Robin van Persie has picked up from where he left off last season and he’s currently topping the goalscoring charts with 18 goals. His team is also topping the Premier League table with 56 points, five clear of arch-rivals, Manchester City.
Chelsea lost their manager in the course of the season but they’re currently in third place with Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal not far off. On the other end of the table, Queens Park Rangers in a very precarious position and the same can be said for Wigan Athletic, Reading, Aston Villa and last season’s surprise package, Newcastle United.
The January transfer window has afforded some teams the chance to improve certain positions in their respective squads in their bids to reach the expectations of their various boards. While teams like Manchester United and Manchester City are battling hard to win the league, QPR is fighting tooth and nail to avoid the drop to npower Championship mediocrity.
Without further ado, here are 10 biggest transfers of January so far…
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This article was first posted on January 25, 2013