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Real Madrid: lowest-spending summer since early noughties

Los Blancos have had their thriftiest summer in the transfer market since the year they signed David Beckham from Manchester United.

Real Madrid: lowest-spending summer since early noughties
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Real Madrid's quiet transfer window has seen the LaLiga giants spend their lowest total on summer signings in over a decade, and that with a potential registration ban hanging over the club. 

Real have limited their 2016 outlay to just the 30 million euros paid in June to bring academy graduate Álvaro Morata back to the Spanish capital from Juventus.

Morata returned to Real this summer in a 30-million-euro transfer.

13 years since Real spent less

And not since they bought David Beckham in 2003 have Los Blancos invested less in strengthening their squad for the new season.

That year, Madrid president Florentino Pérez spent 25 million euros on taking the then England captain to the Bernabéu, with no other transfer fees forked out.

Beckham spent four years at the Bernabéu following his 2003 move.

2009: Madrid's biggest splurge

The club's most extravagant spree came seven years ago, when they shelled out close to 259 million on no fewer than nine players ahead of the 2009/10 campaign.

Among the stand-out names signed that summer - as Pérez made his return as Real chief - were Cristiano Ronaldo (96 million), Kaká (65), Karim Benzema (35) and Xabi Alonso (30).