Top ten biggest spenders of the summer so far

The numbers are from the glorious transfermarkt. They might not be the numbers you see in your tabloids but they are the most informed of all the prices you will find.


10) Aston Villa (£74.12m)

Players bought: Ollie Watkins (£27.72m, Brentford), Bertrand Traore (£16.6m, Lyon), Emi Martinez (£15.7m, Arsenal), Matty Cash (£14.18m, Nottingham Forest)
After spending over £140m last summer bought them nothing but a relegation battle, Aston Villa will surely want more bang for their buck from this summer’s largesse in the transfer market. Ollie Watkins has become simultaneously the most expensive player ever bought from a Championship club and Aston Villa’s record signing so the pressure is very much switched to ON. No bedding-in period allowed. Add Ross Barkley on loan and this is a squad transformed. They have already equalled their best ever start to a Premier League season.


9) Liverpool (£78.93m)

Players bought: Diogo Jota (£40.2m, Wolves), Thiago (£27m, Bayern Munich), Konstantinos Tsimikas (£11.7m, Olympiakos)
After a whole lot of talk about not spending any real money this summer, Liverpool have done last year’s Arsenal trick by not spending an awful lot of money on paper but working out some sort of catalogue scheme where they pay £4.27 a month and get a free ball-point pen. Thiago set a ridiculous non-record record on his debut and Jota scored on his Premier League bow, so it’s all gone quite well. What could stop them winning the title now?


8) Leeds United (£79.38m)

Players bought: Rodrigo (£27m, Valencia), Diego Llorente (£18m, Real Sociedad), Helder Costa (£15,93m, Wolves), Robin Koch (£11.7m, SC Freiburg), Illan Meslier (£5.85m, FC Lorient), Joe Gelhardt (£900,000, Wigan)
While everyone else fawned over this great Leeds side (who lost), we were having a knee-jerk reaction that Leeds will be involved in a relegation battle this season, alongside the other promoted clubs who have not spent quite so extravagantly. Even after two victories (over poor sides), we have a suspicion that everything might not be quite smooth sailing this season, though Meslier might be worth that total outlay alone after his performance against Sheffield United. And there is more to come…


7) Juventus (£80.55m)

Players bought: Arthur (£64.8m, Barcelona), Alvaro Morata (£9m loan, Atletico Madrid), Weston McKennie (£4.05m loan, FC Schalke 04), Stefano Gori (£2.7m, Pisa).
All that money spent on Arthur and yet it has been American Weston McKennie who has been starting in the centre of the Juventus midfield; he will do things his own way, that Andrea Pirlo fella. The deal for Alvaro Morata makes almost no sense but Juventus clearly felt their need for any striker was greater than their need for a striker who can actually score goals. They have Cristiano Ronaldo for that job.


6) Atletico Madrid (£81m)

Players bought: Alvaro Morata (£50.4m, Chelsea), Yannick Carrasco (£24.3m, DL Pro), Ivo Grbic (£6.3m, NK Lokomotiva)
Yes, that is the same Morata that they have shipped off on loan to Juventus, who definitely won the booby prize as Atletico signed Luis Suarez on a free transfer. He has already scored two goals off the bench in a 6-1 win. Atletico will surely now sell either Thomas Lemar or Thomas Partey to recoup some of this not-inconsiderable money.


5) Benfica (£85.5m)

Players bought: Darwin Nunez (£21.6m, Almeria), Everton (£18m, Gremio), Pedrinho (£16.2m, Corinthians), Luca Waldschmidt (£13.5m, Freiburg), Nicolas Otamendi (£13.5m, Manchester City), Gilberto (£2.7m, Fluminense)
Benfica spent most of the Ruben Dias money before it was actually in the bank but still conspired to lose in Champions League qualifying to PAOK Salonika. But they have started the Portuguese season at a canter, with record signing Nunez, Everton and Waldschmidt already among the goals and assists.


4) Inter Milan (£87.3m)

Players bought: Achraf Hakimi (£36m, Real Madrid), Nicola Barella (£22.5m, Cagliari), Stefano Sensi (£18m, Sassuolo), Andrea Pinamonti (£7.2m, Genoa), Darian Males (£3.6m, FC Luzern), Aleksandar Kolarov (£1.35m, Roma).
Inter have also brought in Alexis Sanchez on a permanent deal so it’s fair to say that Inter are backing Antonio Conte after dodging a parting of ways in the summer, though both Barella and Sensi were on loan last season. New signings Sanchez and Hakimi came off the bench in their opening game to help turn a 3-2 potential loss into a 4-3 victory. And yes, that means Ashley Young was picked ahead of Hakimi. Kolarov? He was at centre-half of course.


3) Barcelona (£111.6m)

Players bought: Miralem Pjanic (£54m, Juventus), Trincao (£27.9m, Braga), Sergino Dest (£18.9m, Ajax), Matheus Fernandes (£6.3m, Palmeiras), Pedri (£4.5m, Las Palmas).
Let Sid Lowe explain why Barcelona did that deal for Pjanic. Finally, Sergino Dest has arrived from Ajax to become Ronald Koeman’s first (and only?) signing of the summer. “I have no doubt that he will be a very useful player for Barca,” he said. And if there’s one thing that Barcelona like in a player it is being ‘useful’ (it’s not).


2) Manchester City (£141.12m)

Players bought: Ruben Dias (£61.1m, Benfica), Nathan Ake (£40.77m, Bournemouth), Ferran Torres (£20.7m, Valencia), Pablo Moreno (£9m, Juventus), Yan Couto (£5.4m, Coritiba), Issa Kabore (£4.05m, KV Mechelen)
A quite considerable outlay (on defenders, as usual) and yet it’s hard to see City improving enough to get close to Liverpool. It still seems remarkable that they are nowhere close to a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero.


1) Chelsea (£222.48m)

Players bought: Kai Havertz (£72m, Bayer Leverkusen), Timo Werner (£47.7m, RB Leipzig), Ben Chilwell (£45.18m, Leicester City), Hakim Ziyech (£36m, Ajax), Edouard Mendy (£21.6m, Rennes)
So far ahead of the opposition that it feels like they are playing a different game in a different 2020 to their European rivals. The problem for Frank Lampard now is that you cannot spend so much money and not deliver a title challenge. And the early signs are that a title challenge will not be forthcoming; after limping past Brighton and losing to Liverpool, that was something of a sh*t-show against West Brom. And the new signings might have to go into cold storage.