According to Deloitte, Premier League clubs spent £710 million on transfers this year, £485 million of which was spent during the recently shut summer window. That tops the previous record spending of £675 million in 2008 (the year Sheikh Mansour bought Man City).
If you find that be a little sickening, especially in such difficult economic times, then don't blame Everton because they contributed exactly £0 to that total. Though they did bring in Denis Stracqualursi from Tigre and Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid on season-long loans just before the window shut, they made that £0 even more depressing for their fans by selling off Yakubu, Jermaine Beckford and Mikel Arteta. According to EvertonTime.com, the cash-strapped club has now gone exactly two years without buying a new player (not including youth signings, loans or free transfers).
So if you happen to see David Moyes in street, be sure to give him a lollipop and a pat on the back and tell him that maybe one day a foreign prince will buy his club, too.
Here's the complete breakdown of who spent what this summer (from our friends at Eurosport)...
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