FC Barcelona broke Real Madrid's record for the highest spending club in a single season, but were almost beaten by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the final days of the latest window. Here are the 10 biggest spending clubs of the 2017/18 campaign.
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The Catalan giants lead the pack after trying to fill the void left by the record sale of Neymar for €222 million (R3.32 billion), with the arrivals of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. The attacking duo joined the Blaugrana for a combined fee of €225 million (R3.36 billion) from Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, respectively.
Overall, Barcelona spent a whopping €324 million (R4.85 billion) on new acquisitions for manager Ernesto Valverde this season – more than any other club in the history of the game. Los Blancos held the previous record with a total outlay of €257 million (R3.84 billion) back in 2009/10.
Premier League leaders City follow closely in second spot after spending €318 million (R4.76 billion) in this campaign. They almost overtook Barcelona's total outlay for 2017/18 after breaking their transfer record (in pounds) to sign centre back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in the final days of the January window.
Somewhat surprisingly, Chelsea are the third highest spenders – despite manager Antonio Conte being vocal about the standard of the players in his squad – with the Blues spending a total of €253.5 million (R3.92 billion) on new arrivals.
Paris Saint-Germain appear in fourth spot after spending €238 million (R3.56 billion) – not counting the €180 million (R2.7 billion) they have already agreed to pay for Kylian Mbappe when his loan deal turns into a permanent transfer after the current season.
In fifth and sixth are Everton and AC Milan with outlays of €202 million (R3.02 billion) and €195 million (R2.91 billion), respectively, as they looked to compete at the highest level – but both sides have not seen any notable return on investment yet.
The top 10 is rounded out by Liverpool with €168 million (R2.51 billion), Manchester United with €164 million (R2.45 billion), Juventus with €151 million (R2.25 billion), and reigning Ligue 1 champions Monaco with €123 million (R1.83 billion).
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