Manchester United Football's Biggest Spenders
Thu 16th Oct 2014 | Money & Finance
There's no more hectic, crazy, and exciting time during the football season than the summer transfer window, especially in the final couple of weeks as clubs scramble to sign new players.
Within a couple of months the whole madness will start again when the winter transfer window opens in January - so let's remind ourselves of the biggest spending clubs in European football so far this season; the teams who splashed the most cash on players at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, according to the website Transfermarkt.
1. Manchester United - £170m
What price can you put on rebuilding a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title and regaining a place in the Champions League again? For Manchester United, that price - so far - is £170m. That's that the amount the fallen giants of English football spent during the summer transfer window. Around £130m of that went on just three players - Angel di Maria, who cost £66m from Real Madrid, Luke Shaw, £33m from Southampton and Ander Herrara, £31m from Athletic Bilbao. But is Louis van Gaal's revamped squad good enough? Check out sports betting website Vernons for odds on a Top 4 Finish.
2. Barcelona £138m
Barca spent big - and mostly on one player, of course. Luis Suarez cost the Catalan club over £70m but would be considered a bargain if he helps them regain the La Liga title and the Champions League. The rest of their investment was reasonably modest - £17m on Valencia centre-back Jeremy Mathieu, £15m on Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic and, strangely, £20m on two goalkeepers in Marc-Andre Stegen and Clauio Bravo.
3. Liverpool £133m
The Reds may have lost their star player in Suarez but they spent enough - £133m on nine new signings, a group headed up by Southampton duo Adam Lallana (£27.28) and Dejan Lovren (£22.76). Mario Balotelli was the club's most eye-catching recruit, though the Italian striker was a relative snip at 'just' £17m. Liverpool didn't exactly overstretch themselves financially though: the sale of Suarez pulled in over £70m.
4. Real Madrid £107m
Much like La Liga rivals Barcelona, Real's transfer spend was dominated by the signing of one marquee player - the Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who cost £70m from French club Monaco. Toni Kroos came from Bayern Munich for £26m. But unlike Barca, Real recouped almost all of that from player sales which totalled £100m.
5. Atletico Madrid £96m
Staying in Madrid, Atletico spent a shade under the £100m mark. The Spanish champions may have lost star striker Diego Costa to Chelsea (see below) but they spent plenty in return. French winger Antoine Griezmann topped the list at £26m , followed by Mario Mandzukic, from Bayern Munich, at £19m.
6. Chelsea £94m
The recruitment of Costa from Atletico set the Blues back a cool £33m, followed closely by Cesc Fabregas, signed for £29m from Barcelona. That duo were the bulk of Jose Mourinho's player investment though another arrival from La Liga, the left-back Felipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, was almost £18m and Loic Remy was priced at £11m. However, the London club earned £85m in revenue mainly by selling the hugely overpriced David Luiz to Paris St Germain for £43m and Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £31m.
7. Arsenal £89m
It was a rare summer for Arsenal, with incoming transfers far outweighing outgoing sales. The Gunners made around £13m in sales so had a net spend of £75m after spending significantly to bring Alexis Sanchez (£37m), Calum Chambers (£17m), Danny Welbeck (£17m) and Mathieu Debuchy (£13m) to the Emirates.
8. Southampton £64m
A huge period of change saw lots of movement in and out at St Mary's. The Saints spent £64m on several players, primarily Sadio Mane and Shane Long, who each cost around £13m, £12m Dusan Tadic, £11m goalkeeper Fraser Forster and £8.8m striker Graziano Pelle. But the club pulled in £105m from sales, ending up £40m up.
9. Man City £57m
A relatively quiet time for the Premier League champions saw under £60m of signings - central defender Eliaquim Mangala cost over half of the total invested, at £35m from Porto. Fernando, also from Porto, arrived for £13m. City balanced the books somewhat by selling almost £30m worth of players, headed by Javi Garcia, who went to Zenit for £14m and £11m Jack Rodwell, who left for Sunderland.
10. Roma £51m
The only Italian club in the list, Roma's transfer dealings can be described in one word: multiple. In total, 59 players arrived and 35 left, though the majority of these were either returning or leaving on loan. The most expensive signing was Juan Iturbe from Verona, though the highest profile was arguably Ashley Cole, who cost nothing at all after being released by Chelsea. The Serie A club sold Medhi Benatia to Bayern Munich for £24m.
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Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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