Top ten biggest spenders in Europe so far this summer…

Date published: Thursday 13th June 2019 8:01

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10) Bayer Leverkusen (£28.8m)
Players bought: Kerem Demirbay (£28.8m, Hoffenheim)

Even before Bayer Leverkusen had clinched their return to Champions League football, they had sealed the signing of an attacking midfielder who had notched nine assists in the Bundesliga last season. Hoffenheim have made a tidy profit on a player they bought for just £1.5m three years ago. “Leverkusen play really attractive attacking football. Their style suits mine and I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of this team,” said Demirbay. Bayer sporting director Rudi Völler described the club’s record signing as “a clear sign of our ambition”.


9) Napoli (£29.25m)
Players bought: Alex Meret (£19.8m, Udinese), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (£7.2m, Empoli), Orestis Karnezis (£2.25m, Udinese).

Napoli have made the signings of goalkeepers Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis permanent after initial loan spells, while Carlo Ancelotti has also added right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo from relegated Empoli. He can also play on the right side of midfield as well as more centrally, so he looks very much like a cheap-ish utility signing. “I’m happy about my new adventure at a prestigious club like Napoli,” said Di Lorenzo, who cost Empoli just £500,000 in 2017.


8) Sevilla (£36.45m)
Players bought: Munas Dabbur (£13.5m, Salzburg), Diego Carlos (£13.5m, Nantes), Maximilian Wober (£9.56m, Ajax).

Israeli international Munas Dabbur scored a barely believable 37 goals in all competitions for Austrian side Salzburg last season so he really could be a bargain for Sevilla, who announced that deal in January. He will be joined by two centre-halves – Brazilian Diego Carlos, who replaces the departing Gabriel Mercado, and Austrian youngster Maximilian Wober, who initially joined in January on loan from Ajax. Fun fact: Wober played in two Champions League draws with Bayern Munich earlier this season.


7) Sampdoria (£38.88m)
Players bought: Emil Audero (£18m, Juventus), Jakub Jankto (£13.5m, Udinese), Alex Ferrari (£4.05m, Bologna), Julian Chabot (£3.33m, FC Groningen), Morten Thorsby (free, Heerenveen).

There are three loans made permanent in that little lot – with goalkeeper Emil Audero the pick of the bunch and now their record signing – while a few quid has been thrown the way of Groningen for young German Julian Chabot, who is expected to replace the surely-due-a-big-move Joachim Anderson.


6) Genoa (£40.95m)
Players bought: Stefano Sturaro (£14.85m, Juventus), Luca Mazzitelli (£7.2m, Sassuolo), Ionut Radu (£7.2m, Inter), Andrea Favilli (£6.3m, Juventus), Lukas Lerager (£5.4m, Bordeaux)

After avoiding relegation by one goal, Genoa have made a whole host of loan signings permanent, despite Romanian goalkeeper Ionut Radu being the only player of this quintet to play any significant part in their struggle last season. The kicker is that Radu is unlikely to actually play for Genoa next season as Inter are likely to exercise a buy-back option on him and then sell him on to Arsenal or another club. It’s all very complicated.


5) Wolves (£46.35m)
Players bought: Raul Jimenez (£34.2m, Benfica), Leander Dendoncker (£12.15m, Anderlecht)

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez became Wolves’ record signing after a 13-goal season in the Premier League, while Dendoncker joins permanently after a loan spell that started slowly but ended with him starting 17 top-flight games in the second half of the season. This is a team ready for Europa League football.


4) Barcelona (£78.3m)
Players bought: Frenkie de Jong (£67.5m, Ajax), Emerson (£10.8m, Atletico MG)

Ah, now we are talking. “With the arrival of Frenkie De Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project,” said president Josep Maria Bartomeu in January, as they announced their plans for the summer. “We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come.” Joining the Dutch midfielder at the club is Brazilian right-back Emerson, who has been compared to Dani Alves (of course). He spent the second half of last season acclimatising to Spanish life with a loan at Real Betis.


3) Borussia Dortmund (£87.3m)
Players bought: Nico Schulz (£22.95m, Hoffenheim), Thorgan Hazard (£22.95m, Borussia Mönchengladbach), Julian Brandt (£22.5m, Bayer Leverkusen), Paco Alcacer (£18.9m, Barcelona)

Solid business already from Borussia Dortmund, with German international left-back Nico Shulz sealing his switch and saying: “Dortmund is a top club, whose style of football suits me really well. I think I can help the team. Together we can achieve something big.” Meanwhile, Hoffenheim make another large slice of profit. Schulz is joined by left-wing pair Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, who between them cost less than a Christian Pulisic. Completing a quartet of early summer signings is Paco Alcacer, who scored 18 Bundesliga goals on loan from Barcelona last season.


2) Bayern Munich (£106.2m)
Players bought: Lucas Hernandez (£72m, Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (£31.5m, Stuttgart), Jann-Fiete Arp (£2.7m, Hamburg)

Fiete Arp scored 18 goals in 17 games at Germany Under-17 level so the hype around the 19-year-old has been real for some time. He joins Bayern for what looks like a pittance, and without any of the pressure that will come down on French defensive pair Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. The former is now improbably Bayern’s record signing and he will be expected to slot straight in to partner Niklas Sule as Mats Hummels is eased aside. Bayern have taken their Champions League failure hard and they will spend more, with Leroy Sane possibly the next through the door.


1) Real Madrid (£229.5m)
Players bought: Eden Hazard (£90m, Chelsea), Luka Jovic (£54m, Eintracht Frankfurt), Eder Militao (£45m, Porto), Rodrygo (£40.5m, Santos)

If the condition of Zinedine Zidane’s return was that Real Madrid spent money to bridge the gap to Barcelona, then they have certainly delivered. And we can expect them to spend this amount once again as they continue their revolution.

“We must work hard with the goal of fulfilling the dreams of our fans. It was not the year we were expecting and we will react strongly and decisively in search of our historical obsession, which is winning,” said Real president Florentino Perez as they unveiled Jovic, one of three players signed who are 21 or under. They mean business.


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