Transfer spending soars across Europe despite Premier League downturn

Football transfer spending soars across Europe

Football transfer spending soars across Europe

After the top five leagues in Europe spent a combined record €5.5 billion in the 2019 off-season, here are the top ten most expensive deals of the transfer window period.

"Looking to the Premier League, this summer's player transfer expenditure fell narrowly short of record levels, and net spend was at its lowest level since summer 2015", said Dan Jones, Deloitte's head of sports business group.

The Spanish top-flight in particular from the record investments from FC Barcelona and the two Madrid giants, managed to double their spending from 2017.

Clubs in Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 all set new transfer records in their leagues.

Many Premier League sides felt they have been hindered this summer season as a result of their rivals on the continent have been in a position to proceed dealing for 3 weeks after the English deadline.

Pochettino has said, "We need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it's massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League", adding "I think that was a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that - we open the door to different clubs in Europe to try to create confusion within your squad".

"I think the Premier League can not give this advantage to the European clubs", said Pochettino.

Two years in the past, English soccer's top-flight golf equipment voted overwhelming to shut the window earlier than the beginning of the season to finish the uncertainty that always surrounded gamers and golf equipment within the first few video games of the marketing campaign.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp agreed, saying last month, "I don't care when it closes, but it must close at the same time", he recently said. Good idea, but only England did it. "It was a good idea but it didn't work out". Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (pictured) left the club for Roma, just a day after playing in the north London derby.

The biggest names among the permanent transfer were a pair of Central American veterans: Keylor Navas and Javier Hernandez. Take for example the Christian Eriksen saga at Spurs or Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

Navas, a 32-year-old Costa Rican who won the Champions League three times in Madrid, joined PSG with the younger French global Alphonse Areola moving in the opposite direction on loan. They extended the contract of attacking midfielder Rafinha and then loaned him to Celta Vigo, where he also spent the 2013-2014 season.

Spain's Atletico Madrid signed 19-year-old striker Joao Felix from Benfica for €126 million while Barcelona landed France worldwide forward Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for €120 million.