A crazy transfer deadline day in which top flight clubs spent £140million saw the Premier League reach record-breaking new heights in transfer fees.
The previous outlay of summer transfers in the Premier League was £500million in 2008, but a hectic last day of the window yesterday saw this year's summer smash that record with clubs combining to have a total outlay of £630million.
Mesut Ozil's £42.4million deadline day move from Real Madrid to Arsenal was largely responsible for this, although large fees for Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m), James McCarthy (£13m) and a combined £25million for Liverpool new-boys Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori all contributed significantly.
Although Gareth's Bale world-record breaking £85.3million move to Real Madrid from Spurs was a large chunk of the outlay, Premier League clubs still spent £400million more than they received in sales.
This expenditure figure was significantly more than the other top leagues in the world as you can see below:
Spain's La Liga - £335m
Italy's Serie A - £335m
France's Ligue 1 - £315m
Germany's Bundesliga - £230m
Wasting no time in trying to replace Bale, Spurs were the transfer window's biggest spenders as they nearly invested £105million in seven new players as they prepare for life without their Welsh wing-wizard.
Manchester City and Chelsea also opened their chequebook for several big money signings which can be seen and compared to with the top 10 most expensive transfers of 2008 below.
2013 top ten Premier League most expensive summer imports
The figures are reported figures only and may differ among different sources, but what's listed is what the Telegraph has reported.
1. Mesut Ozil - Real Madrid to Arsenal - £42.4m
2. Willian - Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea - £30m
2. Fernandinho - Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City - £30m
2. Erik Lamela - Roma to Tottenham Hotspur - £30m
5. Marouane Fellaini - Everton to Manchester United - £27.5m
6. Roberto Soldado - Valencia to Tottenham Hotspur - £26m
7. Stevan Jovetic - Fiorentina to Manchester City - £22m
8. André Schürrle - Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea - £18m
8. Mamadou Sakho - PSG to Liverpool - £18m
10. Jesus Navas - Seville to Manchester City - £17m (fee potentially rising to £22.9m)
10. Paulinho - Corinthians to Tottenham Hotspur - £17m
It is also worth noting that Manchester City's initial £16.4m signing of Alvaro Negredo could potentially rise to £20.6m.
2008 top ten Premier League most expensive summer imports
Again the figures listed are reported figures only and may differ among different sources, but what's listed is what the Guardian has reported.
1. Robinho - Real Madrid to Manchester City - £32.5m
2. Dimitar Berbatov - Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United - £30.7m
3. Robbie Keane - Tottenham Hotspur to Liverpool - £20.3m
4. Jo - CSKA Moscow to Manchester City - £18m
5. Jose Bosingwa - Porto to Chelsea - £16.2m
6. Luka Modric - Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham Hotspur - £15.8m
7. Marouane Fellaini - Standard Liege to Everton - £15m
7. David Bentley - Blackburn Rovers to Tottenham Hotspur - £15m
9. Roman Pavlyuchenko - Spartak Moscow to Tottenham Hotspur - £14m
10. James Milner - Newcastle to Aston Villa - £12m
You just have to look at these figures to see how football is changing. The 2008 transfer window may have seemed an expensive one but as proved in the above lists, is nothing compared to the 2013 one.
Robbie Keane's £20.3million move which is listed as third on the 2008 list would be as low as eighth in today's table while Jose Bosingwa's £16.2million move wouldn't even make the cut. The transfer of Ozil obviously smashed the record but there are also three huge £30million transfers from different clubs.
What is also worth noticing is that unlike the 2008 list, the 2013 table is full of purely just the Premier League's 'Top six' clubs (Both Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool) as competition for the league title and surrounding positions intensifies.
It used to just be moneybags Chelsea and Manchester City who splashed the cash but Spurs and Liverpool have certainly joined them in this trend in an attempt to 'close the gap'. Even Arsenal, who are often lambasted for their failure to open their chequebook, have smashed their previous record transfer with the acquisition of Ozil.
But it's not just the 'big guns' who are spending big money, 'lesser' clubs such as Sunderland and Aston Villa have spent a fair amount of money on numerous signings this summer while West Ham and Southampton have also splashed the cash on Andy Carroll (£15.5m) and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (£15m) respectively.
This is just further evidence of the way that world football and the Premier League is going and it doesn't look like stopping. I wonder what levels will be reached in another five years.
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