LaLiga operated with relative sensability in the shadow of unprecedented spending from the Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain.
LaLiga clubs increased their transfer spending this summer. Spain’s top division parted with €596.1m, €103.9 more than last year. Yet more money came in; LaLiga clubs generated income of €675.6, a figure significantly higher than the €448.6 that came in a year ago.
Barcelona top spending table
Barcelona have remained at the top of the table in terms of spending for a second year, with a total of €229.5m. The signing of Ousmane Dembéle for €147m contributed a sizeable chunk of that, and the French winger was the most expensive purchase in Spain. Sevilla invested €63.8m, with Villarreal completing the podium with a spend of €44.5m.
The Azulgrana also generated the most income. The club sold players for a total of €226m, with €222m of that figure made up of the money PSG paid to activate Neymar’s release clause.
Real Madrid were next up with an income of €142m, a large part of which came from Álvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea. Sevilla also brought in €75.5m over the summer months.
Athletic go a second summer without a signing
Athletic Bilbao deserve a mention for going a second consecutive summer without signing any players. The club announced on deadline day that Ander Capa will join from Eibar, but not until the end of the 2017/18 season. As such, Athletic have not signed a player since Raúl García in August 2015.
As a collective, LaLiga clubs end the season in the black, with a net income of €79.5m. That represents an increase of €39.5m from last year. Real Madrid finished with the greatest net income, with €97.5m.