The Premier League has just experienced the busiest summer transfer window in its history, smashing through the £1billion mark for the first time and took the world transfer record back for the first time since Alan Shearer joined Newcastle United in 1996.
Yes, Manchester United's acquisition of Paul Pogba was the biggest deal in football history, but his £93m transfer fee accounts for just 8.5 percent of the £1.194bn that Premier League clubs spent throughout the summer.
Thirteen out of the 20 Premier League clubs managed to break their transfer record with champions Leicester City managing to do it on three separate occasions.
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But with the window closed, it is time to talk about net spend. It is a tool that fans regularly use to see just how much their clubs have invested in new signings and how well they have done getting rid of deadwood.
For instance, Manchester United's £149.55m outlay was made bigger by the fact that Jose Mourinho failed to sell the unwanted stars like Marcos Rojo and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Equally, Man City managed to generate just £5m through player sales, opting to send the likes of Samir Nasri, Joe Hart and Wilfried Bony on loan instead.
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The Net Spend table
The big spenders
As you can imagine, it is the two Manchester clubs who top the table in both outright investment and net spending. City's net spend sits at £169m while United invested £141m after only selling £8.5m worth of talent.
Chelsea sit in third after their deadline purchases of David Luiz and Marcos Alonso, together cost £52m, which is over half of their £97.5m outlay. Surprisingly, Arsenal are close behind in fourth place with an investment of £82.25m. After that, there is a huge drop to fifth.
West Ham, who made so many promises about spending big this summer, invested a net £33m in their squad, which is ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on £29.9m. Spurs, however, were well ahead of the Hammers in overall spend (£70.6m) after a late £30m deal for Moussa Sissoko shot them up the table.
Four clubs managed to make a profit in the summer transfer window with Southampton, as usual, making the biggest amount of money at £20m. The Saints sold £64m worth of players this summer. Incredibly, they have now generated over £200m in player sales over the last three summers and have also lost two managers to Premier League rivals. Despite this, they have still managed to finish in the top seven in the past two seasons.
Impressively, Liverpool appear to have moved forward whilst also turning a profit. Deals for Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum have drawn plenty of plaudits while the free transfer of Joel Matip looks a steal.
All the while Jurgen Klopp has managed to earn the money back by selling unwanted stars like Christian Benteke, Jordan Ibe and Joe Allen. Overall, they generated £84.4m from selling players yet haven't appeared to lose anyone of importance.
However, having benefitted from the new Premier League TV deal, perhaps Liverpool fans should be wondering why deals for Borussia Monchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud and Dortmund's Christian Pulisic didn't make it over the line.
The biggest deals
Paul Pogba - £93.25m (Juventus to Manchester United)
John Stones - £50m (Everton to Manchester City)
Leroy Sane - £37m (Schalke to Manchester City)
Sadio Mane - £36m (Southampton to Liverpool)
Shkodran Mustafi - £35m (Valencia to Arsenal)
Granit Xhaka - £34m - (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal)
Michy Batshuayi - £33.2m (Marseille to Chelsea)
N'Golo Kante - £32m (Leicester City to Chelsea)
All figures taken from Sky Sports.
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