Transfers

Top 10 spending managers: Van Gaal, Pep, Jose...Wenger?

Louis Van Gaal - 643.22M euros

Currently without a club, the ex-manager of Ajax, Barcelona and Manchester United - among others - has spent his fair share in the market including a then-record 75M euros for Ángel Di Maria at Old Trafford. Proof that spending big doesn't always bring success.

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Roberto Mancini - 657.94M euros

The fashionable Italian had the petro-dollars in his hand after joining Manchester City and used them to buy Agüero (40M), Dzeko (37M) and Yaya Toué (30M). While on the sidelines at Inter he also snapped up Kondogbia for 31M euros.

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Rafa Benitez - 667.19M euros

At Anfield the Spaniard won many a Liverpool heart by bringing in the likes of Fernando Torres, at a fee of 38 million euros but he outdid that transfer - in terms of cost anyway - when at Napoli when he brought in Higuaín from Real Madrid at 39M. He had just sold Cavani to PSG for over 60 million!

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Claudio Ranieri - 756.88M euros

The reigning English champions' manager did the miraculous with Leicester on a relative shoe-string budget but Ranieri has not been afraid to splash the cash in his managerial career to date. Among the 87 names that he's signed James (45M) and Falcao (43M) top the money list and were both taken to Monaco. In England, his most recent expenditure happened at the end of the transfer window with Islam Slimani joining the Foxes for 30 million.

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Pep Guardiola - 758.3M euros

One of the most admired managers in world football took over the helm at Barcelona with Messi, Xavi and Iniesta already in place (what fee they could have commanded if signed would have changed this list considerably!) Nevertheless, Pep brought Ibrahimovic (69.5M), Villa (40M), Alves (35.5M) and Cesc (34M) to the Camp Nou. He has since spent 55.6M on Stones and 50M on Sané in his brief introduction at Manchester City.

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Sir Alex Ferguson - 788.85M euros

27 years in the Old Trafford hotseat saw the Scotsman rack up several big names. His first signing for Manchester United was Viv Anderson in 1987 for 300,00 euros from Arsenal and his last Wilfried Zaha for 11.75M. Between them 94 others that included Rio Ferdinand (46M), Verón (42.6M) and Berbatov (38).

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Arsene Wenger - 808.38M euros

Wenger has built up a reputation for not spending much money however at number 4 on the list this doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. In saying that, he has been at Arsenal since 2003. In that time his biggest signings have been Özil (47M), Xhaka (45M) and Alexis (42.5M). Balancing the books is something his shareholders have enjoyed with players like Overmars (40M to Barça) and Anelka (35M to Madrid) leaving the club while still in their prime.

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Manuel Pelligrini - 856.55M euros

Time at Real Madrid (when money was allowed to be spent!) and newly rich and ambitious Man City have given the Chilean a chance to enjoy the transfer market. His signings have included the 94 million euro world record for Cristiano Ronaldo and 65M for Kaká in Spain as well as De Bruyne, Sterling and Otamendi joining City for 74M, 62.5M and 44.6M respectively.

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Carlo Ancelloti - 1,030M euros

Over two decades as a manager, at seven clubs and with 74 buys that have included Bale and James at Madrid. At Chelsea he signed Torres from Liverpool for 58.5M euros, he brought Thiago Silva (42M) and Lucas (40M) to PSG and more recently Hummels and Renato to bayern for 35M each. Oh, and don't forget Nesta signing for Milan at 30.5M.

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José Mourinho - 1,270M euros

The Portuguese manager has been at clubs that have opened up kitties and warchests at his whim making him the number one manager for transfer outlay. Shevchenko joined Chelsea for 43.3 million euros and this was the biggest in his massive portfolio until this summer when Paul Pogba was signed for his new club United for the new world record fee of 105M euros. Interestingly, in his Champions League winning sides of Inter and Porto there were relatively little investment - especially in Portugal where Benni McCarthy (3.5m) topped the list.

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