British clubs brake down all transfer records
By the end of August this year’s transfer window was finished in the biggest European clubs, and by the tradition the most interesting was in English Premier league so it is not really a surprise that with 1.385 billion Euro spent they set a record as well. Namely, only in last day of transfer window the Premiership teams spent more than 184 million €, and with that exceeded last year’s record of 1.03 billion €.
Duo from Manchester is the most wasteful
But, what is especially fascinating compared to previous years is the fact that even 13 Premiership teams broke their own records with transfers this summer and those were Manchester United, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Southampton, Swansea, Bournemouth, Sunderland, Hull, West Bromwich, Watford and Burnley. Otherwise, teams that stand out with their spending are two from Manchester so United spent 185 million € for only three players (Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Bailly) this summer, and City spent 168 million € for five players (Stones, Sane, Gundogan, Bravo and Nolito). Of course, one of main reasons for spending this much lies in the fact that 20 clubs from the Premier league earned record 5.1 billion £ from selling the television rights this season. Exactly because of this every club from the Premiership spent in average even 71 million € this summer, and four English representatives in the Champions League (Leicester, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City) together spent one third or around 460 million €.
Pogba vailed Bale from the throne
Record transfer worth 105 million € was made by Manchester United who brought Paul Pogba from Juventus, while Red Devils paid even 42 million € to Borussia Dortmund for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and 38 million € to Villarreal for Erica Bailly. On the other side, Manchester City paid 56 million € to Everton for John Stones and 43 million € to Schalke for Leroy Sane, while Arsenal paid total of 98 million € for Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) and Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach). Chelsea paid 40 million € for David Luiz to PSG and 38 million € to Marseille for Michy Batshuay, and Liverpool paid 40 million € to Southampton for Sadi Mane. Tottenham brought Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle for 35 million € and for this same amount N’Golo Kante transferred from Leicester City to Chelsea. But, it was not all about buying in the Premiership this summer, but also some of leading English teams spent more than 160 million € on borrowing some players, and only Chelsea borrowed even 38 of their players to other clubs. We should also add here that this season also the record of the Championship is broken, after teams spent even 256 million € on bringing new players which is twice as much as their former record. A contribution to this was also huge amounts of money that teams who left the Premiership receive and for example Newcastle and Aston Villa received by 70 million € each for relegation and then they together also spent even 130 million €.
Italians right behind British in spending
Although, at least per last result in European competition, clubs from Spanish Primera are expected to be behind English clubs, especially because two super rich clubs are coming from Spain Real Madrid and Barcelona, this season the second place belongs to Italians who spent even 700 million € for enforcements. Of course, among all of them one team stands up and that is Juventus. After they sold Pogba, they used this money for bringing the best shooter in the Serie A from last season Gonzalo Higuaín paying even 90 million € to Napoli, and besides him they also gave 32 million € to Roma for Miralem Pjanic and Dinamo Zagreb was paid 23 million € for young Marko Pjaca. If we add to this borrowing of Benatia and Cuadrad, and Dani Alves as a free player from Barcelona, it is obvious that actual champions of the Serie A should be even more dominant this season compared to all other rivals. Still, a giant from Milan, Inter, followed them very well with spending this summer, a team that also wants to be back at the top of the Serie A as soon as possible, and to be back to the Champions League, so for three new players (Joao Mario, Gabriel and Candreva) they spend even 92 million €, Banega came as a free player, and they also definitely bought Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb. As for other big transfers that happened in Italy this summer, we should certainly mention three young players (Milik, Diawara and Zielinski) coming to Napoli for 60 million € in total and Roma’s contracts purchase for Salah, Dzeko, El Shaarawy and Perotti for 40 million € in total. Other Italian teams mainly brought players on borrow and spent a bit less money than those four mentioned before so it is going to be very interesting to see if any of them will be able to join the fight for the very top of the Serie A.
German Bundesliga spends more money than Spanish Primera teams
Spanish Primera League and German Bundesliga are one of the strongest leagues in the world and always are drawing special attention, not only when championship excitements begin but also during transfer window, especially that one during summer when they compose their team ahead of new season. Huge amounts of money are spent in those transfers and it is well known that the best and the biggest clubs always spend the most, but of course their expectations are always the highest possible and they need to justify their spending. In this article, we will try to inform you about all the trades that clubs made in Primera and Bundesliga and single out those who spent the most buying or selling which means that their ambitions are going to be per this.
Bundesliga teams are already known by their savings
It is already known that there is rarely some big spectacular transfer in the Bundesliga and if it does accidentally happen then the buyer is Bayern from Munchen. It is not that Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Schalke or Bayer Leverkusen do not spend money occasionally but those team usually gain big money by selling some of their players and very often the buyer is exactly Bayern. Those four mentioned teams mostly use their power to buy players from other Bundesliga teams who cannot compete them financially, and those teams somehow manage by bringing players from the lower ranked teams, some weaker European leagues, or simply they rely on their own players most of the time. This summer in the Bundesliga they spent approximately 550 million € and this is almost three times less than English Premier League spent, but Bundesliga teams spent more than teams from Spanish Primera. Also, teams from the Serie A spent more, but they also sold more.
Bayern and Borussia Dortmund spent the most this summer as well
Bayern brought two big enforcements, midfielder Sanches from Benfica and stopper Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, by which they also weakened their biggest rival, but they were also very generous to them this time and Rode and M. Gotze went in opposite direction, and they also sold Benatia. In the end, they did not really lose much, considering the financial power of the Bavarian giant. Borussia Dortmund spent the most on enforcements and so Dembele, M. Gotze, Bartra, Schurrle, Rode, Guerreiro and Mor were bought but even with all this Borussia traded positively because they sold Mkhitaryan, Hummels and Gundogan. Special story of the transfer window in Germany is new ambitious first league team RB Leipzig, who spent 50 million € on enforcements. And those are not some too famous names at all, O. Burke came from Nottingham, Keita from Salzburg, Ti. Werner from Stuttgart and Bernardo also from Salzburg. They did not sell anything and in total they are the team with the biggest minus when it comes to transfer window. Wolfsburg spent a lot and Gerhardt, Bruma, M. Gomez and Blaszczykowski arrived, and teams spent around 50 million € on them, but they sold Schurrle, Dost, M. Kruse and Dante for similar amount of money. Bayer Leverkusen traded a lot and they have a minus, because they brought Volland and Dragovic, and they only sold Kramer. Schalke also traded a lot, but sell more and they made a good financial trade by selling L. Sane, so they were able to pay a lot for Embolo and in addition to that they also borrowed Konoplyanka. Borussia M’gladbach earned money by selling G. Xhaka, enough to buy Kramer and Vestergaard. Other teams are in some average amounts, but we should mention that Hertha traded the least and they only bought midfielder Duda, that is worth mentioning, while they sold Cigerci and Beerens for similar amount.
Spaniards unusually “thrifty”
There were not some bombastic transfers in Spain this summer, they passed that role to British, while clubs from Primera were even more thrifty than teams from the Bundesliga, which is quite unusual considering that super rich Barcelona and Real Madrid are here and also some other powerful teams such as Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Seville. It is not like they did not buy anything, they spent around 490 million €, but there were also a lot of selling, so Spanish first league teams are with only minus 41 million € in total, which is a price for only one great player. By all this Primera is only at fourth position in Europe and it remains to be seen if this is going to reflect on quality of their teams, especially in European competitions, where Spaniards are holding primacy for several past years and they are winning both European trophies in last three seasons.
While Barca is spending, Madrid clubs were pretty much inactive
In the end, Barcelona spent the most money in the Primera, although they did not bring not even one extra star player as they did on previous years. But now their roster will be richer for goalkeeper Cillessen, then defence players Umtiti and Digne, midfielder A. Gomes and attacker P. Alcacer, and all this cost them somewhat more than 100 million €, while they earned money only on Bravo, Bartra and Halilovic. Real Madrid, on the other side, only returned their players and they only spent on attacker Morata, while they sold Jese and Cheryshev, so they are now with plus and with a hope that they did not make a mistake with transfer politics they now have. Atletico should be a lost stronger now, although the stat of this season is not promising. But they brought Gameiro, Gaitan and Vrsaljko, and they did not sell neither of their standard players. Sevilla might be one interesting story since they also sold two great players for a big money, and those are Gameiro and Krychowiak and some other players for less money, and a lot of players were brought and all of them are competing for the first team right away, like Ganso, Vazquez, Correa, Ben Yedder, Kiyotake, Vietto and Sarabia. And as icing on the cake, came Nasri, borrowed from Manchester City, but then Konoplyanka left. Valencia is a looser and they lost Mustafi, A. Gomes, P. Alcacer, Negredo, J. Fuego, Feghouli, Piatti and some other players and it is going to be hard to compensate this with arrivals of Garay, Nani, Mangal and Munir. Other teams in the Primera were mostly concentrated on borrows of players so they could save and therefore, either one of them will hardly be able to fight for places in European competitions.