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So after months of sales, speculations, balancing and counter-balancing, the summer transfer window finally closed yesterday.

There are definitely losers and gainers at the end of it all but that can’t be emphatically decided until few months time.

What can be decided for now is who spent/invested most during the period of the window, and here are the top 10 that did. And yes Arsenal made the list.

Club : INTER MILAN

Total Spent : €93 million

Major Transfers :
Joao Mario from Sporting (€45m)
Gabigol from Santos (€25m)
Antonio Candreva from Lazio (€22m)

The Serie A former power house have failed to return to the pinnacle of the Italian league for over 5 seasons, losing European relevance as a result.

It could all change this term given how much squad revamping they’ve done. They have particularly strengthened their attack and they look poised to challenge Juve for the title.

Club : AS ROMA

Total Spent : €94 million

Major Transfers :
Mohamed Salah from Chelsea (€19m)
Gerson from Fluminense (€17m)
Stephan El Shaarawy from AC Milan (€13m

Roma’s most visible signings saw them make permanent moves for Salah and El Shaarawy.

It could be another silent season for the capital club as they don’t look fit enough to stage a great local and global competition this season.

Club : LEICESTER CITY

Total Spent : €96 million

Major Transfers :
Islam Slimani from Sporting (€35m)
Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow (€19m)
Nampalys Mendy from Nice (€15m)

The EPL champions made quality attacking additions as their involvement in the Champions League made squad depth necessary.

How they fare at home is particularly what many want to pay attention to.

Club : ARSENAL

Total Spent : €109 million

Major Transfers :
Granit Xhaka from Gladbach (€41m)
Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia (€40m)
Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna (€20m)

At last, Wenger broke the bank to splash the cash having been reluctant to do so in recent seasons.

Will it be enough to see the north London giants finally break the decade long jinx and land the title? Or will it be top 4 as usual? Or maybe a drop out of the top 4 for the first time in 16 years?

We wait till May.

Club : BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Total Spent : €120 million

Major Transfers :
Andre Schurrle from Wolfsburg (€30m)
Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich (€26m)
Ousmane Dembele from Rennes (€15m)

Tired of Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga for the past 4 seasons, their closest rivals made great additions to the squad and will hope to give the title pursuit more power this time around.

Maybe the monopoly will be broken this season.

Club : BARCELONA

Total Spent : €123 million

Major Transfers :
Andre Gomes from Valencia (€35m); Paco Alcacer from Valencia (€30m); Samuel Umtiti from Lyon (€25m)

Never one to rest on their oars, the Spanish giants went all out this summer after their transfer ban expired. Their top 3 most expensive signings are in the defence, midfield and striking department.

Another La Liga title in the bag for the Catalan side? And they sure want to challenge for the Champions League more keenly this time.

Club : CHELSEA

Total Spent : €149 million

Major Transfers :
David Luiz from PSG (€45m); Michy Batshuayi from Marseille (€39m); N’Golo Kante from Leicester City (€37.5m)

The Blues hope to return straight to the top after a calamitous fall from glory last season.

Every department has been equipped, with Conte launching a transfer deadline day bid to bring back Luiz to the side.

Hope it all pays off eventually.

Club : JUVENTUS

Total Spent : €165 million

Major Transfers :
Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli (€90m); Miralem Pjanic from Roma (€32m); Marko Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb (€25m)

The Turin giants want to win the Champions League, and they have made the necessary signings that can make them do so.

They however failed to land a Pogba like-for-like replacement, but that wouldn’t stop them from winning another Serie A title, or would it?

Club : MANCHESTER UNITED

Total Spent : €170 million

Major Transfers :
Paul Pogba from Juventus (€105m); Eric Bailly from Villarreal (€35m); Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund (€30m)

Ed Woodward gave Mourinho enough funds to make the necessary signings as the club continues its journey back to the pinnacle of English football.

They currently boast of the world’s most expensive player ever within their ranks and that should do the trick this season.

Club : MANCHESTER CITY

Total Spent : €200 million

Major Transfers :
John Stones from Everton (€56m); Leroy Sane from Schalke (€44m); Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras (€32m)

Manchester City beat their neighbours to this one and all eyes will be on Pep to deliver.

The tactician can do that, but he faces the toughest test ever as far as his young managerial career goes.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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