clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

La Liga clubs spent over €1 billion in 2019 summer transfer window

Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann were the biggest signings

FC Barcelona v Arsenal - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images

The 2019 summer transfer window has seen record levels of spending by La Liga clubs who have paid more then €1 billion to bring in new players for the first time.

The total spending comes to €1.37bn (double what they spent in 2017) and is not too far away from the Premier League’s total of £1.55bn, according to a report from Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.

Of course Barcelona contributed heavily to that figure. The Spanish champions’ most expensive arrival was Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for €120 million.

They could have added to that figure too by bringing in Neymar, but a mega-money deal for the Brazilian failed to materialise despite being talked about all summer.

Here’s a look at the biggest arrivals in La Liga in summer 2019.

Joao Felix - Benfica to Atletico Madrid: €126m

Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid to Barcelona: €120m

Eden Hazard - Chelsea to Real Madrid: €100m

Frenkie de Jong - Ajax to Barcelona: €75m

Luka Jovic - Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid: €65m

Eden Militao - Porto to Real Madrid: €50m

Ferland Mendy - Lyon to Real Madrid: €48m

Rodrygo - Santos to Real Madrid: €45m

Marcos Llorente - Real Madrid to Atletico Madrid: €40m

Jasper Cillessen - Barcelona to Valencia: €35m

La Liga’s most expensive signing came from Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s men splashed out a whopping €126m to bring Joao Felix to the club from Benfica. They also brought in a host of other players but sold Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez and Rodri for big money.

Real Madrid also enjoyed a summer of heavy investment, signing stars such as Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao.

Yet clubs all across Europe spent heavily this summer. The top five leagues spent a total of €5.5bn with Serie A (€1.17bn), the Bundesliga (€740m) and Ligue 1 (€670m) all setting new spending records too.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Barca Blaugranes Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Barca news from Barca Blaugranes