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LaLiga hits 1bn-euro mark in record transfer spend

In the space of 42 days, Primera División clubs have surpassed last year's record outlay of 930m euros, and have spent more than any of Europe's other major leagues.

LaLiga hits 1bn-euro mark in record transfer spend

LaLiga clubs have made quite a transfer-market splash this summer, with the announcement of Antoine Griezmann's move from Atlético Madrid to Barcelona taking the Spanish top flight's total investment in signings to the 1bn-euro mark - a new record. What's more, revenue from player sales has reached 750m.

Overall spend beats LaLiga's 2018 total of 930m euros

LaLiga's previous highest overall spend came last summer, when Primera División clubs forked out 930m euros between them on new recruits.

As things stand, the Spanish league is by a distance the biggest-spending in Europe in the current transfer window, ahead of the Premier League (675), Serie A (674), the Bundesliga (530m), Ligue 1 (226) and Liga NOS (101). Indeed, Real Madrid alone have registered a greater outlay - 298m - than the French and Portuguese leagues as a whole.

It is quite a turnaround from the 2017 close season, when LaLiga purchases amounted to less - 557m - than any of Europe's five major leagues, well behind the Premier League's 1.37bn. Within LaLiga, leading spenders Madrid are followed by Barcelona (223m), Atlético (177.2m) and Sevilla (92m).

Joao Félix the biggest-money signing in LaLiga this summer

Joao Félix's 127.2m-euro switch from Benfica to Atlético makes him the most expensive signing made by a LaLiga club this summer, ahead of Griezmann (120m), Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Madrid, 100m), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax to Barcelona, 75m) and Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt to Madrid, 60m).