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Premier League clubs spent hundreds of millions on overseas transfer recruits

Over half a billion pounds changed hands between Premier League clubs alone in this summer's transfer window, with Ligue 1 also benefiting from a big slice of English clubs' spending.

Late moves for Mamadou Sakho and Danny Drinkwater took the total above the £500million mark, with finance analysts Deloitte putting the figure at £545million.

Romelu Lukaku's £75million move from Everton to Manchester United was the biggest between Premier League clubs, with Nemanja Matic a £40million arrival at Old Trafford from Chelsea.

Tottenham received £45million from Manchester City for Kyle Walker and Everton spent a similar amount to bring Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal for around £35million.

Only eight players arrived from France but they included fees of over £40million apiece to take Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City.

Tiemoue Bakayoko's £34million move to Chelsea and Serge Aurier joining Spurs on deadline day for £23million helped Ligue 1 clubs rake in £205million from the Premier League, according to figures collated by Press Association Sport.

Nine arrivals from LaLiga totalled a reported £134.2million, with almost half of that spent by Chelsea on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, while a nine-figure sum headed to Italy as well after Davide Zappacosta's late move from Torino to Chelsea took the total to £119million.

That was just more than the amount spent on players from the Championship, £118.7million - although that sum included more than twice as many players, 15 as opposed to seven.

In contrast, 13 arrivals from the Bundesliga totalled less than £40million, with the bulk of the money going on West Ham's purchase of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen and Oliver Burke's move from Leipzig to West Brom.

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