Top three: Europe's biggest spenders

A look at the European leagues that have spent the most money on players

George Muscat
Published 04/30/2013 12:26 by George Muscat, read by 2,245 people.

The amounts of money spend on players these days never ceases to amaze, but  as the saying goes: money cannot buy success.

Currently defying this logic are Chelsea and Manchester City, both of whom are currently enjoying periods of success.

Now let’s take a look at the leagues in Europe which have the largest expenditure per annum on transfer fees alone, with statistics provided from Transfermarkt.

3. Russian Premier League | Expenditure: £299m

Some mind-boggling sums have changed hands courtesy at Russian clubs, with over £90m of that coming out of Zenit St. Petersburg’s books in exchange for the services of the likes of Axel Witsel and Brazil international Hulk.

Other notable arrivals include Rubin Kazan’s capture of much-coveted midfielder Yann M’Vila, and Anzhi Makhachkala's signing of Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk for over £30m.

2. Serie A | Expenditure: £427m

Despite having its reputation significantly dented by several scandals, Serie A remains one of the most popular and competitive leagues in the world.

Arguably the most potent in terms of total number of moves, staggeringly over 900 players have left Serie A and over 900 have arrived in this season alone.

With big names like Mario Balotelli coming in, there have also been some high-profile departures this season including Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move along with Thiago Silva to PSG.

1. English Premier League | Expenditure: £683m

No surprise here as England’s Premier League comes out on top with a lead of over £250m. With so many high-profiles transfers taking place, it would be impossible to name them all, but a few from abroad include Eden Hazard’s transfer to Chelsea for £32m, Santi Cazorla’s switch to Arsenal, and Shinji Kagawa’s arrival at Manchester United.

Other notable leagues:

Bundesliga: £254m
French Ligue 1: 224m
La Liga: £127m

Do these extortionate amounts of money spent represent the quality of play in each league? Or should the Premier League take a leaf out of the books of La Liga and Bundesliga and focus on developing its own talent instead of relying on talent from outside the UK?

Have your say in the comments section below.


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