The teams from Europe’s top five leagues combined to spend $US2.3 billion on payments during the summer transfer window, Rob Harris of the AP reports.
Premier League clubs alone spent a record $US980 million in the last three months. That number is inflated by the spending spree Tottenham went on after selling Gareth Bale for a historic $US132 million. But it’s still an eye-popping number.
In total, EPL teams spent $US622 million more than they took in during the transfer window.
The biggest moves by fee (via the Telegraph):
- Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for $US65 million
- Erik Lamela to Tottenham for $US46 million
- Willian to Chelsea for $US46 million
- Fernandinho to Manchester City for $US46 million
- Roberto Soldado to Tottenham for $US40 million
- Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City for $US34 million
- Andre Schurrle to Chelsea for $US28 million
- Mamadou Sakho to Liverpool for $US28 million
- Jesus Navas to Manchester City for $US26 million
- Paulinho to Tottenham for $US26 million
- Alvaro Negrado to Manchester City for $US25 million
FIFA announced that $US3.36 billion has been spent worldwide on transfer payments since January 1 — a 29% increase over the $US2.62 billion spent in 2012.
Here’s a chart from the FIFA press release:
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