The January transfer window is expected to be a quiet one for most of the bigger Premier League teams this year, but history tells us they could well surprise us all with a money-spinning move or two.
Manchester United spent big last year to bring in Bruno Fernandes, with the Portuguese playmaker arriving for £46.6million.
Arsenal have a history of spending big in January, too, having brought in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andrei Arshavin in recent years.
There are a few surprise names in the list, however, and teams should be reassured that the stats suggest they don’t always need to spend big.
According to a list from BettingOdds.com, via The Sun, Fernandes is the most successful January signing in Premier League history.
The attacker scored eight goals and provided seven assists in his opening 14 games at the club.
He helped United to improve their league position by two places, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finishing in third place after project restart.
His impact on United’s season saw him listed ahead of Daniel Sturridge, who scored ten times and provided five assists in his first half-season at the club.
Sturridge joined in January of 2013 and helped Liverpool to improve their league position by one spot, winning six times.
Papiss Demba Cisse is joint second with Sturridge, having joined Newcastle United a year prior.
The striker scored 12 goals and provided two assists in his first 14 games, helping the Magpies to better their league position by two spots.
Arsenal’s acquisition of Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg is next on the list, with the Russian having a superb impact after joining the Gunners in 2009.
He helped Arsenal to eight wins from 12 games after joining, scoring six times and setting up another eight in that time.
Darren Bent’s move to Aston Villa is next on the list, followed by Gabriel Jesus, who joined Manchester City in 2017.
Aubameyang is next up in seventh place on the list, despite his ten goals and four assists in 13 games failing to shift Arsenal out of sixth place.
Nikica Jelavic’s 2012 move to Everton is the eighth-best transfer, followed by Andy Cole’s 2002 move to Blackburn Rovers, which is joint with Nacho Monreal’s 2013 move to Arsenal.