Which teams had the biggest net spend on transfers this summer?

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
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Neymar, Al-Hilal
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Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal had the biggest net spend of any club in world football during the 2023 summer window, thanks to their ludicrous summer outlay.

They spent €353.1 million this summer, while they only sold Gustavo Cellar for €1.4m, meaning Al-Hilal’s net spend was €351.7m.

Neymar was their most high-profile addition and he is now the most expensive signing in Saudi Pro League history. He joined Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain for €90m in August.

MORE: Saudi Pro League summer transfers 2023: All the Done Deals

However, he was not the club’s only eye-catching arrival, with Malcom (€60m), Ruben Neves (€55m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (€52.6m), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (€40m), Kalidou Koulibaly (€23m), Bono (€21m) and Hassan Tambakti (€11.5m) all joining Al-Hilal this summer.

Odion Ighalo left the club on a free transfer, while former West Brom star Matheus Pereira joined Cruzeiro on loan.

Al-Hilal had the biggest net spend of any club in world football this summer transfer window by nearly €150m.

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Chelsea spent a huge €464.1m on transfers this window, but they raised €257.4m through player sales, meaning they appear second on this list with a net spend of €206.7m.

Moises Caicedo, Chelsea
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Mauricio Pochettino's side attempted to balance the arrivals of Moises Caicedo (€116m), Romeo Lavia (€62.1m) and Christopher Nkunku (€60m) by selling Kai Havertz (€75m), Mason Mount (€64.2m) and Mateo Kovacic (€29.1m).

Paris Saint-Germain are narrowly behind Chelsea - with a net spend of €206.5m. The Parisians spent nearly €346.5m on Randal Kolo Muani, Manuel Ugarte, Ousmane Dembele, Lucas Hernandez, Bradley Barcola, Hugo Ekitike, Kang-in Lee and Xavi Simons.

Al-Ahli are the second Saudi Pro League team to feature on this list and they had the fourth-highest net spend in world football this summer, with their tally standing at €181.7m. Gabri Veiga, Riyad Mahrez, Roger Ibanez, Allan Saint-Maximin, Edouard Mendy and Franck Kessie were all purchased, while Roberto Firmino joined on a free transfer from Liverpool. They are yet to sell a player for a transfer fee.

The coup of Veiga was a significant one as the young Spaniard was a heavily sought-after property after his breakout year at Celta Vigo. Al-Ahli fought off competition from PSG, Chelsea and Napoli for the midfielder. He joined for €40m, becoming their record signing after eclipsing the €35m fee paid for Mahrez.

Gabri Veiga has joined Al-Ahli
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Arsenal had the fifth-highest net spend of any club this summer. Mikel Arteta’s side had a net spend of €167.7m this window, mainly due to the signings of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.

That trio cost the Gunners €231.6m, while they recuperated €65.1m from selling Folarin Balogun, Granit Xhaka, Matt Turner, Auston Trusty and Pablo Mari.

Al-Nassr are sixth on the list witha net spend of €165.1m this window.

They signed Otavio (€60m), Sadio Mane (€30m), Aymeric Laporte (€27.5m), Seko Fofana (€25m), Marcelo Brozovic (€18m) and Alex Telles (€4.6m), while they have not sold a single player for a fee.

Manchester United’s €140.5m net spend this summer ws the seventh-highest amount of any club.. Erik ten Hag was backed in the market with the additions of Rasmus Hojlund (€75m), Mason Mount (€64.2m), Andre Onana (€52.5m) and Altay Bayindir (€5m).

Dean Henderson, Anthony Elanga, Fred, Matej Kovar, Alex Telles, Zidane Iqbal, and Ethan Laird were all sold in Man Utd’s most positive window from a selling perspective in many years.

Brennan Johnson joined Tottenham
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Tottenham's Deadline Day signing of Brennan Johnson pushed their net spend up to €137m after the arrivals of James Maddison, Micky van de Ven and more. They earned €116.6m through player sales, most of which came from Harry Kane's departure to Bayern Munich.

Bournemouth are eighth thanks to their €126.2m net spend, while Real Madrid had the 10th highest net spend so far this summer at €115m. The main reason for that is the €103m purchase of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. They only generated €13m through player sales this window, while Arda Guler and Fran Garcia also arrived as new signings.

The 10 teams with the most net spend this summer

ClubNet Spend Total
1. Al-Hilal€349.7m
2. Chelsea€206.7m
3. PSG€206.5m
4. Al-Ahli€181.7m
5. Arsenal€167.7m
6. Al-Nassr€165.1m
7. Man Utd€140.5m
8. Tottenham€137m
9. Bournemouth€126.2m
10. Real Madrid€115m