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Record summer: Breaking the transfer window down, by the numbers

Sep 2, 2014, 9:08 AM EST

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It was a record breaking transfer window over the summer, as Premier League clubs bolstered their squads in ruthless fashion.

How much was spent?

Not that the window is slammed shut, it’s time to get the old abacus out and start totaling that up.

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One thing is for sure, English clubs, once again, spent the most money during the European transfer window as the fees they paid for players dwarfed other leagues.

Below is a break down of the 2014-15 summer transfer window, by the numbers.

  • PL teams spent $1.4 billion on transfers, a new record for a single transfer window
  • That was up 30 percent on the previous record from 2013
  • Spanish clubs came second in Europe, spending $700 million
  • Italian clubs splashed out $430 million, while Bundesliga sides spent $410 million
  • France ranked fifth in total spent by European leagues, with $165 million
  • Manchester United spent the most in the PL, with an outlay of $250 million
  • United spent more than any other team in a single window in history
  • Liverpool were second, spending $193 million but got $128 million of that by selling Luis Suarez
  • Chelsea were the third highest spenders, forking out $150 million
  • Angel di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United) became the most expensive player in British history – $99 million
  • Southampton received $82 million from Liverpool alone for Lambert, Lallana, Lovren. Saints received $152 million in total
  • Six PL clubs made their record signings this summer- West Ham, West Brom, Hull, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Man United
  • 63 percent of transfer fees went to foreign teams, but over $500 million in transfer fees stayed in England
  • Only three PL teams made a profit, Saints ($50 million), Tottenham, ($10 million), Chelsea ($1.5 million)
  • Player wages are at an all-time high. They will total $1.7 billion this season

  1. renhoekk2 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Not that the Falcao deal is bad per se. I just don’t see how it helps unless RVP or Rooney are injured. I don’t think anyone is pointing fingers at RVP or Rooney for Man U’s start. This would be the same as Chelsea going out and signing Neuer away from Bayern Munich to add to a rotation with Cech and Courtois. Rotating the three does not add a lot. If you take out a top class striker to insert a another one it’s a net gain of zero. Especially with no Champions League play this year it makes even less sense. They couldn’t find anything better to do with the money? Like finding better players to give service to Rooney and RVP?

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