In the Premier League alone this summer, over £1 billion was spent on new signings by England’s 20 top-flight clubs.
That figure rises significantly when you take into account Europe as a whole.
But have some clubs wasted their cash?
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Spanish newspaper Marca have conducted a poll of the best and worst value-for-money signings of the summer - and there are some very interesting results.
Over 20,000 people voted in the poll, so this is the general consensus, but some of those deals in the ‘worst value-for-money’ category seem more than a little harsh to us.
Marca’s 10 worst value-for-money summer signings
Remember: this poll is based on value-for-money and doesn’t necessarily reflect what those people voting think about the following players’ respective qualities.
John Stones (Everton to Man City - €55m)
John Stones endured a difficult season at Everton last term but that didn’t deter Pep Guardiola from convincing Man City to shell out a huge sum of money for the England international.
After several weeks of working under Guardiola, the 22-year-old hasn’t yet put a foot wrong.
Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras to Man City - €32m)
Gabriel Jesus wouldn’t be on this list had the poll been conducted after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday.
The 19-year-old scored two excellent goals and now Man City fans can’t wait until their new signing turns up at the Etihad Stadium in January.
David Luiz (PSG to Chelsea - €39m)
This one is a bit more understandable, given David Luiz’s penchant for the ridiculous.
Nevertheless, Chelsea have re-signed the Brazilian for less than they received from Paris Saint-Germain two years ago.
Granit Xhaka (Gladbach to Arsenal - €45m)
Arsenal fans were a bit concerned when Granit Xhaka made more fouls on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season - despite only being on the pitch for 24 minutes.
However, the 23-year-old looked far from a waste of money during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Watford last Saturday.
Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax to Napoli - €32m)
Arkadiusz Milik showed glimpses of his class at Euro 2016 and the Polish striker has already endeared himself to the Napoli supporters with two goals against AC Milan.
Thirty-two million euros could end up looking a steal for the striker who replaced the next man on this list.
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus - €90m)
Gonzalo Higuain was an awful lot of money - like, a ridiculous amount of money - but Juventus had the cash to spend following the world-record sale of Paul Pogba.
The Argentina international scored the winning goal on his league debut for Juve and fans of the Old Lady will soon forget about his price tag if he keeps producing the goods.
Sadio Mane (Southampton to Liverpool - €41m)
Sadio Mane shouldn’t really be on this list, should he?
The Senegal international cost a fair amount to sign but he’s a quality winger whose solo effort in the 4-3 win over Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season should seriously challenge for August’s Goal of the Month award.
And now for the top three...
Joao Mario (Sporting to Inter - €40m)
Joao Mario looked pretty decent for Portugal at Euro 2016, but voters in Marca’s poll still believe the 23-year-old is overpriced.
At €40 million, there’s an argument to suggest that’s a fair assessment.
Christian Benteke (Liverpool to Crystal Palace - €31m)
Liverpool probably couldn’t believe their luck after effectively recouping the money they initially paid for Christian Benteke.
The Belgium international always looked like a fish out of water at Anfield and now finds himself plying his trade for Crystal Palace.
Michy Batshuayi (Marseille to Chelsea - €39m)
With three goals in his first four appearances for Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi shouldn’t be top of this list.
The Blues have paid a huge amount of money for the 22-year-old, but he looks a major talent.
Who, in your opinion, is the worst value-for-money signing of the summer? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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