With the summer transfer window shut in Europe, the opportunity has passed for clubs to strengthen their squads for the new season. While there were some record breaking deals for some clubs and new records set for the amounts spent in some leagues, their is some managers that are just happy that the transfer window is closed.
Here's a round up of the main leagues big spenders from the European summer transfer window:
Biggest league spenders:
Barclays English Premier League: £630M
Arsenal broke their transfer record signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £ 42.5M breaking their previous record (which was held by Andrei Arshavin £15M ) by a staggering £ 27.5M.
Tottenham Hotspur also contributed nearly £105M to the Barclays Premier League record spending spree by breaking their tranfser record three times with the signings of Roberto Soldado from Valencia for £30M , Paulinho from Corinthians for £17M and Erik Lamela from AS Roma for £25M.
Furthermore Chelsea captured the Brazilian Willian from Anzi Makhachkala for £30M and Manchester City got Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla and Fernandinho Shahktar Donetsk for £27M and £30M
French Ligue 1: £315M
Paris Saint Germain and Monaco were the two clubs that spent the cash in the transfer market. Newly promoted Monaco more than a €100M on new players and their most high profile signing being none other than Colombian Radamel Falcao from Athletico Madrid for €50M.
They also added James Rodriguez for €45M as well as Joao Moutinho for €25M from FC Porto, while also landing two experienced defenders on a free transfer in the form of Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal.
Paris Saint Germain were not to be out done by the leagues new boys and bought Edinson Cavani from Napoli for €55M and Marquinhos from AS Roma for €35M. They also got the young frenchman Lucas Digne for €12.5M from Lille.
German Bundesliga: £230M
Bayern Munich once again exercised their financial muscle by buying Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund for €37M, although it was confirmed before the Champions League Final that the player would be leaving for Bayern Munich, much to the dismay of Borussia Dortmund and their fans.
With new manager Pep Guardiola at the helm of Bayern Munich, he bought he's former Barcelona player Thiago Alcantara with him to the Allianz Arena for a fee of €25M.
Borussia Dortmund, last seasons runners up in the Champions League bought Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shahktar Donetsk for €27.5M. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from St-Etienne was also brought in for €13M, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Werder Bremen signed for the club for €9.5M.
Italian Serie A: £335M
Former Liverpool manager and current Napoli manager Rafael Benitez raided Real Madrid for a triple swoop of Gonzalo Higuain €31.8M, Jose Callejon €10M and Raul Albiol €12. He also made Pepe Reina his goalkeeper following season long loan move from Liverpool.
Juventus signed Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez for €12M while also bringing in Spanish Striker Fernando Llorente on a free transfer from Atheltic Bilbao. They also bolstered their defence with the signing of Angelo Ogbonna from Torino worth €14M.
While AC Milan most high profile signing was the free transfer of Kaka from Real Madrid. While to the surpise of everyone they sold Kevin-Prince Boateng to Schalke in Germany.
Spanish La Liga: £335M
Real Madrid broke the world record transfer fee again when they landed Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for €100M on a six year deal, with a salary of €300 000 a week. Daniel Carvajal from Bayer Leverkusen came in for €10M as well as Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad for € 32.19M and Casemiro from Sao Paolo for €6M and Isco from Malaga for a reportedly €30M.
Barcelona not to be outdone by their arch rivals bought the Brazilian Neymar from Santos for €57M. Barcelona exercised their buyback on Bojan after AC Milan could not guarantee him playing time. The player agreed a one year loan move to Ajax with further option of second year.
All together it was another entertaining summer transfer window with the Barclays English Premier League once again showing it financial power in the transfer market.
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