​Premier League spending for the now closed transfer window has been tallied at £1.165bn, a simply enormous figure in a record breaking summer for English football.

Between them, the 20 clubs had already spent more than £1bn before transfer deadline day, adding a further £160m to the total on what proved to be a frantic final day of business.


This is the third consecutive season that Premier League spending has reached the £1bn mark. But, more importantly, 2016/17 is actually the first in which that level has been hit in summer alone, with the January window contributing to the tally in both 2014/15 and 2015/16.

The lucrative new television rights contract has pumped unprecedented levels of cash into the Premier League, and more than half of the clubs have used that to their advantage over the last couple of months, breaking their transfer records.

Several have done it more than once - champions Leicester did it three times.

At least 12 clubs broke new ground in that respect. Some people are even arguing it's more, with differing opinions over exactly how much Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton paid for Sadio Mane, Moussa Sissoko and Yannick Bolasie respectively.

For a full list of the 12 that definitely did, ​click here.

Manchester United didn't only break their own transfer record, the Old Trafford club broke the world record when Paul Pogba rejoined for £89m after four years with Juventus.

Even those who didn't set new individual records were still very active. Manchester City spent big as usual, bringing in John Stones for nearly £50m, and generally handing new manager Pep Guardiola the tools he will need to mount a title charge at the first time of asking.

Chelsea spent £100m on Michy Batshuayi, N'Golo Kante and David Luiz alone. The latter is arguably the biggest shock of the window, returning to Stamford Bridge just two years after becoming the most expensive defender in the world when he signed for Paris Saint-Germain.

Mane aside, Liverpool backed Jurgen Klopp with money to buy Georginio Wijnaldum for £25m, among many others, while Arsene Wenger, despite his reputation for frugality, still brought in Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi at Arsenal for a combined £65m after add-ons.

Yes, this was a transfer window like we've never seen before. And yet, it's one that we'll be seeing time and time again in the years to come.

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