Infographic Special: Premier League Money Spent by Club

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Infographic Special: Premier League Money Spent by Club
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The Premier League again cemented itself as the ultimate free-spending body in Europe this summer.

According to Deloitte's Sports Business Group, Britain's elite clubs spent a record £630 million, the most since 2008 at the peak of the Abramovich era (via BBC).

Tottenham Hotspur were the biggest spenders, throwing over £100 million at seven players they hope will see them back in the top four at the very least.

Arguably the stars of the window, Spurs brought in countless top players to essentially replace one—Gareth Bale.

Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela highlight the group of seven. Time will tell though if boss Andre Villas-Boas can pull the strands together.

 

The other club to break the £100 million barrier was Manchester City, who brought in five players they hope will lead them back to the trophy they surrendered last season. Box-to-box midfielder Fernandinho was the Blues' standout purchase, arriving for just over £35 million.

Arsenal made arguably the signing of the summer on its final day, convincing Real Madrid to part with world-class playmaker Mesut Ozil for £44 million.

With one fell swoop, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger erased the negativity surrounding the Emirates, carrying over the good will left by the club's glorious derby win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Chelsea spent big, but only on two players, Brazilian Willian and Germany's Andre Schuerrle.

Combined, the two cost a staggering £52 million, but should add a new dimension to the side's attack.

Manchester United were the undoubted losers of the window, seeing offer after offer rejected before finally signing a player for £4 million more than he would have cost on day one of the window.

That player is Marouane Fellaini, a quality midfielder, but not necessarily the answer to the Red Devils' problems in the middle of the park.

Everton left it late to make their move, signing Romelu Lukaku on loan and James McCarthy for just over £13 million.

Sturdy defender Mamadou Sakho headlines Liverpool's acquisitions, costing the Reds roughly £18 million.

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Fellow centre-back Kolo Toure could be the bargain of the summer though, arriving on a free.

West Brom also left it late, but made it count with the signings of Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe for relatively inexpensive sums.

Strikers Wilfried Bony and Andy Carroll compose the bulk of Swansea City and West Ham's spending respectively.

Norwich City surprised many with their free-spending, including £8.8 million for Ricky van Wolfswinkel and £5.5 million for Gary Hooper, proving that strikers really were in hot demand these past few months.

Fulham will be happy to have spent less than £5 million on reliable keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Stoke City's £2.4 million signing of Austrian Marko Arnautovic on the other hand could either prove inspired or lunacy.

Southampton broke the bank on three players—Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Pablo Osvaldospending almost £35 million all up.

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Aston Villa looked for bargains again this summer, but did burn a healthy £6.1 million on striker Libor Kozak.

Newcastle United were probably the duds of the window, bringing only Loic Remy to St. James' Park for £2 million.

Sunderland's £8.8 million capture of American striker Jozy Altidore is a bit of a risk, while Cardiff City's £8 million signing of Steven Caulker isn't.

Newly promoted Hull City and Crystal Palace spent the bulk of their allowance on Tom Huddlestone and Dwight Gayle for the respective sums of £5.1 million and £4.6 million.

 

(All transfer fees according to TransferMarkt.com).

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