European football season is taking a break to pave way for two weeks of International football. UEFA has introduced a new tournament called the Nations League. This competition will see teams in the same category in strength compete for the honors. It will also involve relegation and promotion for non-performers. Today, before we get to enjoy the first round of matches in the tournament, we want to look at five clubs with the biggest Spending in player transfers in 2018 alone in Europe.
5. Chelsea- €202 Million (Jan & Summer)
Chelsea is back to winning ways after a poor end to 2017/18 season. Antonio Conte is gone and Maurizio Sarri is the new man in charge. As we all know, change of management means new players and money must be spent. In January, the club tried to support Conte with a budget of €65 million but he ended up complaining about the quality of players signed. This summer, Sarri was more specific because he secured the services of Jorginho and goalkeeper Kepa without too much noise. The club spent €137 this summer to take their tally to €202 million.
4. Atletico Madrid- €214 Million (Jan & Summer)
La Liga side Atletico Madrid has spent €214 million in 2018 alone to sign players. The biggest signing so far is the return of Diego Costa from Chelsea. The transfer was completed in January. Other notable arrivals include the signing of highly rated Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco. In January they splashed €66 million while this summer they spent €148 million to try and strengthen the team to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid La Liga dominance.
3. Juventus- €257 Million (Jan & Summer)
Juventus paid €100 million plus to sign World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer. They also signed several other players to bring their total transfer expenditure to €255 million. They also spent €1 million plus in the January window. This takes their 2018 transfer investment to €257 million. UEFA Champions League is their main target because they have dominated Serie A for the last seven years. CR7 was signed to help realize that dream.