posted at 06:50
Author Name: Tim Witcher
Europes Big Five smash football transfer window records
According to Deloitte's figures, more than £725 million had been spent by England's 20 Premier League clubs from June 9 up to Friday. British media said the figure had risen to nearly £750 million by Sunday, helped by Manchester United's £14 million plus purchase of Danny Blind from Ajax Amsterdam. Manchester United have been Europe's top spenders, laying out more than £140 million to buy Blind, Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for £59 million, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo. Chelsea have laid out more than £75 and Arsenal more than £62 million. According to FIFA, Spain's current spending is closing on $600 million and already three times higher than last year's pre-season transfer window. Barcelona paid Liverpool more than $125 million for Luis Suarez, while Real Madrid spent a reported $108 million on Monaco's James Rodriguez and more than $35 million on German World Cup midfielder Toni Kroos. Spending by Germany's cautious Bundesliga team is more than 25% up at nearly $300 million so far, according to FIFA's figures. Spending by Italian clubs approaching $200 million is 45% down on last year.

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