Record broken in the Premier League, Chelsea the most greedy, Antony the most expensive: the crazy figures of the summer transfer window

The summer transfer window closed last night in major European leagues. If several countries, including Belgium, have decided to play extra time, the time has now come to the balance sheet in most clubs. And this year again, they have not been restrained. In England, the 20 Premier League clubs broke the record for cumulative spending in a transfer window. They spent together around 2.24 billion euros, exploding the previous record dating from the summer transfer window of 2017, during which English clubs had accumulated 1.6 billion euros in expenditure.

With this total, the Premier League comes far ahead of the other major European leagues. The Italian Serie A comes second with €749.23 million spent, ahead of the French Ligue 1 (€557.95 million), the Spanish Liga (€505.69 million) and the German Bundesliga (€484.08 million) . A quick calculation makes it possible to measure the gap between the Premier League and the other four major championships: the cumulative expenditure of these reaches 2.296 billion euros, barely more than the total spent by English clubs alone.

And Belgium in all this? The Jupiler Pro League comes in 8th position in this somewhat unusual ranking with a total of €114.78 million spent by all of our clubs. It was Club Brugge who made the three most expensive transfers of this transfer window in our country with the arrivals of Roman Yaremchuk (€16 million), Raphael Onyedika (€10 million) and Bjorn Meijer (€6 million). Together, Bruges (5) and Antwerp (4) place nine players in the top 10 most expensive transfers in the Pro League, which shows their financial omnipotence at Belgian level.

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But despite these expenses, Club Brugge has, for the moment, recorded a positive balance of €7.7 million thanks in particular to the sales of Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan, €32 million), Stanley Nsoki (Hoffenheim, €12 million) or even Loïs Openda (€9.8 million). On the other hand, the Great Old recorded a largely negative balance of €11.31 million.

But the transfer window is not yet over in Belgium and these figures could still change in the coming days.

Chelsea the biggest spender, Antony the most expensive

Unsurprisingly, at club level, it was Chelsea who were the most greedy, spending 281.99 million euros during this transfer window. The Blues have made solid purchases with Wesley Fofana (Leicester, €80.4 million), Marc Cucurella (Brighton, €65.3 million) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, €56.2 million).

Close behind the Blues is Manchester United, who spent a total of €238.02m. But it was the Red Devils who made the most expensive signing of this transfer window: Antony, recruited from Ajax for 95 million euros. The Mancunians also spent 70.65 million euros for Casemiro (Real Madrid), 57.37 million for Lisandro Martinez (Ajax) or 15 million for Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord).

Record broken in the Premier League, Chelsea the most greedy, Antony the most expensive: the crazy figures of the summer transfer window
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More surprisingly, West Ham complete the podium with €182 million spent. The first non-English club to have spent the most money is FC Barcelona, ​​​​which spent €153 million despite their financial problems and therefore came in 6th place.

Next to the biggest spending clubs, Nottingham Forest has made the most incoming transfers: the promoted has indeed recorded the arrival of no less than 21 players this summer, including the Red Devil Orel Mangala. Another Belgian player could have joined him at the end of the transfer window, in the person of Michy Batshuayi, but the deal fell through at the very last moment.

Record broken in the Premier League, Chelsea the most greedy, Antony the most expensive: the crazy figures of the summer transfer window
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Of the ten most expensive transfers in the transfer window, eight were made by English clubs. Antony (Manchester United, €95 million) tops the standings ahead of Wesley Fofana (Chelsea, €80.4 million). Aurélien Tchouameni (Real Madrid, €80m) comes third. Next come Darwin Nuñez (Liverpool, €75 million), Casemiro (Manchester United, €70.65 million), Alexander Isak (Newcastle, €70 million), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich and second most expensive transfer outside England, €67 million €), Marc Cucurella (65.3 million €), Erling Haaland (Manchester City, 60 million €) and finally Richarlison (Tottenham, 58 million €), who completes the top 10.

At the Belgian level finally, Amadou Onana was the most expensive black-yellow-red player of this transfer window. Everton spent 35 million to secure his services. It is therefore three more than Charles De Ketelaere, who comes second. Arthur Théate, bought by Rennes for €19 million, completes the podium, just ahead of Wout Faes (Leicester, €17 million).

Record broken in the Premier League, Chelsea the most greedy, Antony the most expensive: the crazy figures of the summer transfer window
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