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Mon. 14 September 2015

Record high: more than 3 billion € invested on new players

Big-5 league clubs committed 3.3 billion € to sign players during the last transfer window (add-on and loan fees included). This is a 32% increase compared to the previous record high observed in summer 2014. All data is available in issue number 118 of the CIES Football Observatory Big-5 Weekly Post.

On average, during the last three summer transfer windows (2013-2015), the transfer expenditure of big-5 league clubs was 68% greater than in the three previous ones (2010-2012). The biggest increase was recorded at English Premier League level: +98%.

Manchester City tops the table for summer 2015 with a transfer expenditure of 230 million €, ahead of Manchester United (189 million €) and Juventus (137 million €). The transfer expenditure of English clubs (1.35 billion €, new record high) accounted for 41% of total big-5 league investments.

Manchester City also heads the ranking of transfer fees invested since July 2010: 784 million €. In second and third position are two other English clubs: Chelsea (711 million €) and Manchester United (640 million €). The first non-English club is French side Paris St-Germain (615 million €).

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