For the first January week Liverpool became the leader at the transfer market of the English Premier League. The grandee from Merseyside has carried out the most expensive transfer of the defense player of defense in the history of world football - in Southampton the Dutch central back Virgil van Dijk has been signed for €84.5 million.
But if to bear in mind that after Virgil's signing the Reds have received €160 million for transfer of the Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, now Liverpool can sign contracts with several top class football players.
The second place in the informal top list is taken today by other club from Merseyside Everton. On the bidding of the head coach of Everton Sam Allardyce the center forward of the Turkish Beşiktaş Cenk Tosun became the new forward of the Blue and Whites for €30.4 million.
And at last, the defending champion of England Chelsea that has signed in Everton the playmaker Ross Barkley has taken the third place by the sum of money that was spent on transfers. The sum of transfer is €16.9 million.
But other grandees of the EPL, and first of all, both the Mancunian clubs are staying in a shadow so far. But the representatives of both City and United have declared that during the present winter window both leaders are going to renew the current record achievement of PSG.
At the same time, during the first January week-end in England the 3rd round of the national cup has passed or officially - 1/32 finals of FA CUP. According to the results of this tournament stage the battle for the prestigious national trophy was finished by five clubs of an elite division. This is the last winner of the tournament – Arsenal London and also Everton, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Stoke City.
Also the draw procedure of the 4th round has already taken place. Naturally, football fans are interested, first of all in the pairs with participation of favorites: Cardiff/Mansfield - Manchester City, Yeovil - Manchester United, Liverpool - West Bromwich, Norwich/Chelsea - Newcastle, Newport - Tottenham.
Playoffs of the third round will be hold on the 15-16th of January. And then, on the 26-28th of January will be held the matches of 1/16 finals.