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The teams from Europe's top five leagues combined to spend $2.3 billion on payments during the summer transfer window , Rob Harris of the AP reports.
Premier League clubs alone spent a record $980 million in the last three months. That number is inflated by the spending spree Tottenham went on after selling Gareth Bale for a historic $132 million. But it's still an eye-popping number.
In total, EPL teams spent $622 million more than they took in during the transfer window.
The biggest moves by fee (via the Telegraph):
- Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for $65 million
- Erik Lamela to Tottenham for $46 million
- Willian to Chelsea for $46 million
- Fernandinho to Manchester City for $46 million
- Roberto Soldado to Tottenham for $40 million
- Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City for $34 million
- Andre Schurrle to Chelsea for $28 million
- Mamadou Sakho to Liverpool for $28 million
- Jesus Navas to Manchester City for $26 million
- Paulinho to Tottenham for $26 million
- Alvaro Negrado to Manchester City for $25 million
FIFA announced that $3.36 billion has been spent worldwide on transfer payments since January 1 — a 29% increase over the $2.62 billion spent in 2012.
Here's a chart from the FIFA press release:
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