Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, left shields the ball from West Ham's Kevin Nolan during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Arsene Wenger and other managers may hate it but English Premier League clubs still spent more than ever in a generally sluggish January transfer window that ended Friday. There were few, if any, deals of note across Europe not involving English clubs, while Real Madrid and Barcelona, the richest clubs in the world, did not even spend their loose change on new players. The biggest move of the month was Juan Mata's transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United, who paid a club record fee of 37.1 million pounds for the Spanish playmaker.English clubs will have spent in the region of a record 725 million pounds (about $1.193 billion) over the summer and winter windows for the 2013-14 season by the time the clock kicked around 1 a.m. deadline Friday.
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