English clubs had the highest combined spend on international transfers during this summer’s transfer window, analysis conducted by FIFA has shown.
According to the world governing body’s International Transfer Snapshot published on Tuesday, in the men’s game English clubs spent a total of $1,146.6m (£832.4m) between June 1 and August 31 this year.
England topped the list with a figure that was greater than that of the countries who were second and third put together Italy and France at $473.8m (£343.9m) and $428.9m (£311.4m) respectively.
That total spend by English clubs included Romelu Lukaku rejoining Chelsea from Inter Milan for £97.5m and Jadon Sancho moving to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund for £73m.
In some of the other big international deals, Cristiano Ronaldo sensationally re-joined Manchester United from Juventus for £12.9m plus £6.9m in add-ons, Raphael Varane arrived at Old Trafford in a £41m deal from Real Madrid, while Ibrahima Konate signed for Liverpool from RB Leipzig for a £36m fee.
England also led the way in terms of the number of incoming transfers (380) and outgoing ones (494).
Regarding money received from transfer fees, England was third with $409.8m (£297.5m) – German clubs recouped the most, $462.7m (£335.9m).