Real Madrid, Barcelona and the 10 biggest spenders of the summer transfer window

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With the European transfer window now shut, it's time for clubs to take stock of just how much cash they have splashed over the past few months. 

Real Madrid and Barcelona once again lead the way when it comes to spending as both clubs look to improve upon their most recent Champions League campaigns. 

Along with the usual Spanish suspects, some big money was also spent by clubs in Italy and England with a surpise Premier League side creeping into the top 10. 

Read on to see which 10 clubs spent the most over the summer...

  1. Lucas Hernandez Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich

    Money spent: €143 million (£130m/$156m)

    Key transfers: Lucas Hernandez (€80m from Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (€35m from VfB Stuttgart), Ivan Perisic (loan from Inter), Jann-Fiete Arp (€3m from Hamburg), Philippe Coutinho (€8.5m loan from Barcelona), Mickael Cuisance (€12m from Borussia Monchengladbach)

    Bayern Munich have invested predominantly in defenders over the summer, spending over €100m on Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. They've also done well to pick up Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho on loan. 

  2. Wesley Richarlison Everton Aston Villa 2019

    Aston Villa

    Money spent: €148 million (£134m/$162m)

    Key transfers: Wesley (€25m from Club Brugge), Tyrone Mings (€22m from Bournemouth), Douglas Luiz (€16m from Manchester City), Matt Targett (€15m from Southampton), Tom Heaton (€8m from Burnley)

    Back in the Premier League, Aston Villa are clearly determined to stay in England's top flight after spending big over the summer. With several players leaving the club, manager Dean Smith had to fill plenty of holes and was given the money to fill them with players of an exciting calibre. 

  3. Nicolas Pepe Arsenal 2019-20
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    Money spent: €152 million (£137m/$167m)

    Key transfers: Nicolas Pepe (€80m from Lille), William Saliba (€30m from Saint-Etienne), Kieran Tierney (€27m from Celtic), David Luiz (€8m from Chelsea), Gabriel Martinelli (€6m from Ituano), Dani Ceballos (loan from Real Madrid)

    Aside from the headline arrival of Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal have strengthened across the pitch with their defence reinforced and midfield given a touch of class in the form of Dani Ceballos. 

  4. Jules Kounde Sevilla


    Money spent: €158 million (£143m/$173m)

    Key transfers: Jules Kounde (€25m from Bordeaux), Rony Lopes (€25m from Monaco), Munas Dabbur (€17m from RB Salzburg), Luuk de Jong (€12.5m from PSV), Sergio Reguilon (loan from Real Madrid), Javier Hernandez (€8m from West Ham) 

    After losing a number of attacking talents, Sevilla had to restore their stocks up front, their key acquisitions being that of Rony Lopes and Luuk de Jong. The arrival of young French defender Jules Kounde is also an exciting one, with the 20-year-old a bright prospect. 

  5. Harry Maguire Manchester United 2019-20
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    Manchester United

    Money spent: €159 million (£143m/$175m)

    Key transfers: Harry Maguire (€87m from Leicester City), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (€55m from Crystal Palace), Daniel James (€17m from Swansea City)

    After missing out on a spot in the Champions League this season, the Red Devils have spent big in an attempt to get themselves back on track. The expensive arrival of Harry Maguire at Old Trafford highlighted the club's desire to find some defensive stability. 

  6. Romelu Lukaku Inter


    Money spent: €170 million (£154m/$186m)

    Key transfers: Romelu Lukaku (€80m from Manchester United), Valentino Lazaro (€22m from Hertha), Matteo Politano (€20m from Sassuolo), Alexis Sanchez (loan from Manchester United), Diego Godin (free from Atletico Madrid)

    Inter's summer business had a distinct Red Devils flair, with both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez arriving from Manchester United. Picking up Diego Godin for free was perhaps the club's biggest coup, however. 

  7. Matthijs de Ligt Juventus 2019-20


    Money spent: €192 million (£174m/$210m)

    Key transfers: Matthijs de Ligt (€75m from Ajax), Danilo (€37m from Manchester City), Cristian Romero (€30m from Genoa), Luca Pellegrini (€22m from Roma), Merih Demiral (€18m from Sassuolo), Aaron Ramsey (free from Arsenal), Gianluigi Buffon (free from PSG), Adrien Rabiot (free from PSG)

    Having secured the services of Matthijs de Ligt for a large sum, Juventus managed to complete the rest of their business without blowing the bank with the arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot for free being particularly shrewd pick-ups. 

  8. Joao Felix Atletico Madrid 2019-20

    Atletico Madrid

    Money spent: €247 million (£224m/$270m)

    Key transfers: Joao Felix (€126m from Benfica), Marcos Llorente (€30m from Real Madrid), Mario Hermoso (€29m from Espanyol), Kieran Trippier (€22m from Tottenham)

    After spending big to land teenager prodigy Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid spent a tad more modestly in other areas. Still, they have done some solid business overall to bolster their squad across the pitch.  

  9. Antoine Griezmann Barcelona


    Money spent: €255 million (£230m/$280m)

    Key transfers: Antoine Griezmann (€120m from Atletico Madrid), Frenkie de Jong (€75m from Ajax), Neto (€26m from Valencia), Junior Firpo (€18m from Real Betis)

    Barcelona's front line has received a big boost over the summer in the form of Antoine Griezmann, who should ensure the goals don't stop flowing at Camp Nou anytime soon. Between the French striker and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, the Catalans nearly spent €200 million on just two players. 

  10. Eden Hazard Real Madrid 2019-20
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    Real Madrid

    Money spent: €305 million (£276m/$335m)

    Key transfers: Eden Hazard (€100m from Chelsea), Luka Jovic (€60m from Frankfurt), Eder Militao (€50m from Porto), Ferland Mendy (€48m from Lyon), Rodrygo (€45m from Santos), Alphonse Areola (loan from PSG) 

    After a shocking 2018-19 season, Real Madrid have spent heavily over the summer in an attempt to turn their fortunes around. The long-heralded arrival of Eden Hazard looms as a key acquisition, while Luka Jovic could prove vital in years to come in front of goal.