LaLiga clubs are spending big this summer with 808 million euro already spent on players with the outlay set to break the existing record of 887 million (2018).
LaLiga clubs are spending big this summer…some through necessity to compensate for a barren season as is the case with Real Madrid, others to readdress last season’s ultimate disappointments as is the case with Barça and Atlético and with the rest of the sides anxious to ensure that their own respective priorities are catered for. The 2019 summer season has already seen LaLiga sides spend 808 million euro in the month of June (with both the Griezmann and Joao Félix deals yet to be confirmed) and is currently on track to create an all time spend record, easily surpassing last season’s record outlay of 887 million euro. The Spanish league leads the way ahead of Germany’s Bundesliga (with 434 million euro spent), Serie A, 352; Premier League, 197 and Ligue 1 in France on 36 million.
Real Madrid once again are the spendthrifts. After shelling out 146 million euro ahead of the 2018-19 season, the Bernabeu outfit have already parted with 303 million euro bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard who moved from Chelsea for a fee of 100 million euro. The Belgian, along with Jovic (60), Mendy (48) Militao (50) and Rodrygo (45) are the big summer acquisitions for “Los Blancos” with Madrid now having to look to sell to balance the books.
Barça have spent 75 million euro on De Jong with the Antoine Griezmann deal expected to be confirmed on July 1st with a fee of 120 million euro being paid for his signature. With the Griezmann sale Atleti have acquired Benfica’s Joao Félix (120) with Marcos Llorente also making a move across town for (35 million). Other major LaLiga signings include Betis’ acquisition of Lo Celso (22 million), Dabbur and Diego Carlos moving to (30 million total and Basque side Real Sociedad bagging Portu from Girona for 10 million euro. At present the “big three” constitute 84% of the money spent on players in Spain’s top flight.
Europe’s ‘Big 5′
PREMIER LEAGUE. Manchester City are reported to have offered 95M€ to Napoli for Koulibaly but there is a cautious approach in the current market after years of topping then high spender lists. Raul Jimenez moving to Wolves (38 million), Pablo Fornals’ move from Villarreal to West Ham and Danny Ings’ Southampton acquisition are the three biggest outlays from English clubs to date in the market.
BUNDESLIGA. Over 400 million euro has been spent in Germany with Lucas Hernández moving from Atlético to Bayern for 80 million euro the highest outlay to date. Bayern are also interested in securing the signature of Manchester City’s Sané with the English side already rejecting a bid of 80 million euro.
SERIE A. If rumours are to be believed, Serie A could soon be set to make a splash with both Paul Pogba and Matthijs de Ligt rumoured to be Turin bound to hook up with new boss Sarri at Juventus. Romalu Lukaku is another big money move set to shake up Serie A with a move from Manchester United to the San Siro due to be confirmed imminently.
LIGUE 1. PSG are normally the club to lead the spending spree in France but with the shadow of UEFA’s financial Fair Play ruling hanging over the French side, the Parisian side have yet to open the cheque book. Exits are all too common in Ligue 1 with Moussa Dembélé (Lyon) and Lille’s Nicholas Pepe also poised to pack their bags for England.