London — England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than in any previous January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached the £450m mark on deadline day. Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club record of £56m on Wednesday’s concluding day of business, with Olivier Giroud moving to Chelsea as part of a complicated transfer jigsaw. The previous record was £225m in January 2011. Prior to Wednesday’s deadline in England, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) but Manchester City pulled out of signing Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. Top premiership clubs have splashed the cash in the January transfer window, desperate to qualify for the top four, which guarantees entry into the lucrative Champions League. Aubameyang, 28, signed a contract with the Gunners until 2021, becoming Arsenal’s second big-name signing of the transfer window after Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined from ...

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