Top 10 biggest spending clubs in the summer transfer market

Barcelona have splashed more cash than anyone in Europe thus far, with Liverpool second, Real Madrid third and Chelsea in fifth

Barcelona have spent more on transfers this summer than any other club in Europe thanks to the arrivals of Luis Suarez & Co.

The Blaugrana have had a busy close season, signing Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal, Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermalen in defence, Ivan Raiktic in midfield and the Uruguayan up front.

Their total summer spending is €153 million, comfortably more than their nearest rivals Liverpool.

The Reds got a big €88m payoff from the sale of Suarez and their return to the Champions League, and have been ambitious throughout the summer.

Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all joined from Southampton, Lazar Markovic was a big-money acquisition from Benfica and Emre Can arrived from Bayer Leverkusen.

Their spree totalled €131m, almost €40m more than their nearest rivals in the Premier League.

Real Madrid are third in the list after spending €120m. The Spanish giants have had something of a quiet summer by their standards, signing just three players, Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, the latter for a whopping €80m.

Hot on their heels are city rivals Atletico Madrid. The Liga champions lost key members of their squad this summer but have been ambitious in the market, signing Mario Mandzukic, Antoine Griezmann and more for a combined €101.5m.

BIG MONEY | Top spenders in 2014 summer market
Barcelona La Liga
Liverpool Premier League
Real Madrid La Liga
Atletico Madrid La Liga
Chelsea Premier League €93.5m
Arsenal Premier League €77m
Manchester United Premier League €73.5m
Manchester City Premier League €65.5m
Southampton Premier League €58m
PSG Ligue 1

One of the teams to have raided the Vicente Calderon for new talent was Chelsea, who signed Diego Costa and Filipe Luis from the Spanish capital, along with Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea to take their summer spending to €93.5m.

Staying in London, Arsenal are sixth after buying the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina for just over €77m.

Manchester United suffered disappointment last year but signalled their ambition to return to the Premier League top four by signing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for a combined €73.5m.

Manchester City have had their spending curtailed by Financial Fair Play but have still splashed out €65.5m on new players, the majority of it going on Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.

Southampton have seen many players leave this summer, but have been active themselves by signing Dusan Tadic, Shane Long and Graziano Pelle and more for a total of €58m.

The final name in the top 10 is another club who have been quiet in the close season due to FFP. Paris Saint-Germain could still afford a star arrival, though, with David Luiz joining in their only permanent deal, worth almost €50m.

Interestingly, all but one of the top 10 are Spanish sides, with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund the eleventh highest spenders and Italy’s Roma in twelfth.

*Numbers via Transfermarkt.

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