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The January transfer window can often panic Premier League managers and owners as they look to strengthen their squads for the remainder of the season. When clubs try to improve a certain area of ​​their team can lead to excessive spending on players, but it can also prove to be a good time to make smart deals.

With the mid-season window approaching, each of the top 20 clubs in the top division will consider taking some steps in the market.

Whether it is selling or borrowing current cadre members to raise funds, or looking for recruitment in the transfer market, there will certainly be busy behind the scenes at any club.

The summer transfer window tends to generate more club spending, but January has seen some signings in the past.

Here we take a look at the top 10 most expensive Premier League signings in January.

10. Willian – Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea (£ 30m)

After serious interest from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, Willian decided to move to Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for around £ 30m in January 2013.

During his seven years at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian winger managed to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Europa League trophy before joining Arsenal in 2020.

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Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive January transfer ever (Image: GETTY)

9. Edin Dzeko – Wolfsburg to Manchester City (£ 31.5m)

Dzeko completed a £ 31.5 million move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in 2011 and spent five years at the Etihad Stadium.

The Bosnian striker, signed by Roberto Mancini, scored 50 goals for the Citizens in 130 Premier League games and won five major awards during his time in Manchester before joining Roma.

8. Andy Carroll – Newcastle to Liverpool (£ 35m)

Carroll ended the £ 35m move to Anfield in 2011 when Kenny Dalglish tried to upgrade his attacking options after Fernando Torres left for Chelsea.

Things didn’t go very well for the former English striker in Liverpool, where he scored just six goals in 44 league games for the 19-time English champions.

7. Juan Mata – Chelsea to Manchester United (£ 37.1m)

Mata was one of the best playmakers in world football when Manchester United brought him to the club from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2014.

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The 32-year-old is still at Old Trafford to this day and has received four major awards since moving to Manchester. In 186 games he scored 33 league goals.

6. Bruno Fernandes – Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United (£ 46.5m)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon to the club in January 2020.

During his time at United, the Portugal international has been sensational, scoring 19 goals in just 31 Premier League games.

5. Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea (£ 50m)

The aforementioned Carroll signing was prompted by Torres ‘£ 50m move to Chelsea in 2011, when the Blues splashed the money on their rivals’ captain.

The former Spanish striker spent four years with the club in west London, scoring 20 goals in 110 Premier League games and winning three major awards while at Stamford Bridge.

Aubameyang joined Arsenal after impressing with Dortmund (Image: GETTY)

4.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal (£ 56m)

Arsenal signed Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang in 2018 and the Gabonese striker didn’t take time to settle at the Emirates Stadium.

Prior to joining the Premier League, the 31-year-old was known as one of the deadliest players in European football, and he proved it with the Gunners – he scored 57 goals in 100 games in the English top division.

3. Aymeric Laporte – Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City (£ 57.2m)

Manchester City were looking for a center-back to step up their defense and they found in Laporte that they had signed him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

The Frenchman has proven himself smart by Pep Guardiola despite the high price of a central defender.

Christian Pulisic

Pulisic signed in January but was loaned to Dortmund (Image: GETTY)

2. Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea (£ 57.5m)

Chelsea completed signing the highly rated Pulisic in January 2019, but under the contract, he was loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the campaign.

The US winger was brilliant in his short stint with the Blues and has become one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League.

1. Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool (£ 75m)

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool wanted a dominant center-back to turn their promising advances into big wins.

Van Dijk was the man who helped and the former Southampton defender has established himself as one of the best center-backs in world football during his three years with the Reds, where he helped with a Champions League and Premier League title.