Man Utd crash into Europe’s top 10 spenders in 2024 summer window but leapfrogged again by Villa

Jason Soutar
Jaden Philogene and Joao Palhinha have both moved clubs this summer
Jaden Philogene and Joao Palhinha have both moved clubs this summer

The 2024 summer transfer window is open and there have already been plenty of confirmed deals. Here are the top 10 biggest-spending clubs in Europe.

All fees and figures are taken from Transfermarkt

The biggest-spending clubs in Europe this summer


10) Nottingham Forest – £56m
The signing of Nikola Milenkovic has brought Forest back into the top 10.


9) West Ham – £59.6m
The Hammers gatecrash the podium places after investing £40m to snatch Max Kilman from Premier League rivals Wolves. He’s their second good signing of the summer after they paid over £19m to sign Brazilian teenager Luis Guilherme.

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8) Ipswich – £60.7m
There they are, the lads. Ipswich have cashed in on their Premier League status by making the loan of Omari Hutchinson permanent, poaching Jacob Greaves from Hull, beating a few contenders for the signature of Manchester City’s Liam Delap, and signing Arijanet Muric from Burnley.


7) Chelsea – £65.4m
The arrival of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall for £30m rocketed them into this top 10 and – unlike Omari Kellyman – he might actually play some games for the Blues.


6) Juventus – £64.5m
The Douglas Luiz fee alone bumped Juventus towards the top of a list of biggest spenders, like they aren’t a perennial financial dumpster fire. Then they added Khephren Thuram. And then Juan Cabal.


5) Brighton – £76.7m
Known for their selling prowess, Brighton are going for it this summer, signing African wingers Ibrahim Osman and Yankuba Minteh, as well as central midfielder Mats Wieffer.


4) Man Utd – £88m
Leny Yoro and Joshua Zirkzee? That’s a solid start under Sir Jim Ratcliffe, whose five strict rules are swiftly being adhered to.


3) Lyon – £97.2m
The French club have chucked a whole load of money at Nottingham Forest for Orel Mangala and Moussa Niakhate, which does not sound in the slightest bit dodgy. They have also signed Said Benrahma from West Ham and Ernest Nuamah from RWD Molenbeek, both of whom make slightly more sense.


2) Aston Villa – £103m
What better way to prepare for a first season of Champions League football than by signing a Champions League runner-up? Ian Maatsen had an abysmal 10 minutes in that final defeat to Real Madrid but is a fine addition, alongside PSR fans Samuel Iling-Junior, Enzo Barrenechea and Lewis Dobbin and the returning pair of Cameron Archer and Jaden Philogene.

1) Bayern Munich – £122m
There have been no bigger individual transfers this summer than Michael Olise’s £45m-plus move to Vincent Kompany’s German giants from Crystal Palace and Joao Palhina’s £43m switch from Fulham. Chuck in a Hiroki Ito from Stuttgart and Bryan Zaragoza from Granada and Bayern have taken Leverkusen’s rise personally.

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