Which teams have spent the most on transfers this summer?

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner 2 Sep 2022 15:37 BST 4 min read
Casemiro Man Utd 2022-23

The 2022 summer transfer window has closed, concluding as the biggest in history, with Europe's leading clubs trading billions of euros on some of the game's leading players.

Darwin Nunez and Aurelien Tchouameni, for example, moved to Liverpool and Real Madrid in deals that could reach €100 million. This exclusive club was joined by Antony on Deadline Day as he was finally snapped up by Manchester United from Ajax.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has spent more on transfers than any other window previously.

Despite the financial uncertainty that many clubs have faced because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the long-term fall out from that, there is little evidence to suggest spending at the top level of the game is about to be cut, with England's clubs leading the charge.

But which teams have spent the most money in fees this summer to drive such figures?

Summer transfer window 2022: who has spent the most on players?

As is to be expected, the Premier League dominate the top 10 of the clubs to have spent the most during the 2022 summer transfer window.

Chelsea lead the way following a busy summer of transfer activity under new owner and sporting director, Todd Boehly. They signed players like Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly before finishing the window with a flourish by adding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria to their ranks.

Remarkably, no club has spent more in a single window than Chelsea did this summer.

Manchester United appear second in the standings after adding Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro for large fees, but it was the late addition of Antony in a blockbuster deal that could reach €100 million that saw them push quite so far up. Tyrell Malacia has also joined for a significant sum, while Christian Eriksen was a free transfer.

Antony, Erik ten Hag, Man Utd, 2022/23

West Ham United conclude the summer having spent the third most in the world game, with Lucas Paqueta as their marquee arrival. Tottenham and Nottingham Forest, who signed a dazzling array of new players, round out a top five that is monopolised by Premier League sides.

Arsenal and Newcastle dropped out of the top 10, but Manchester City and Wolves are still present.

There are only three non-Premier League that make this list: Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich.

The 10 biggest spenders

ClubTransfer spending (€m)
Chelsea282
Manchester United238
West Ham United182
Tottenham170
Nottingham Forest162
Barcelona153
PSG147.5
Manchester City139.5
Bayern Munich137.5
Wolves137

The controversial club on this list is Barcelona. Posting spiralling debt that is only being controlled by the sale of assets, the Camp Nou outfit have splashed out more than €153m on new players this summer, despite barely clawing anything back. They've signed players such as Robert Lewandowksi, Raphinha, Jules Kounde and more.

While Barcelona are second in worldwide spending, their El Clasico rivals Real Madrid are down in 20th, with just Aurelien Tchouameni joining the club for a fee.

Bayern Munich have spent the ninth most this summer, with expenses of €117.5m, which includes the purchases of Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax, Sadio Mane from Liverpool and Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.

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