Every Premier League & Championship team to break their transfer record this summer
There we have it, the summer transfer window for the Premier League and Championship is officially closed.
The 44 teams will now have to wait until January to sign any new players, and are stuck with their squads for the next few months.
This summer has seen a plethora of signings, from free transfers, loan deals and big-money moves breaking club transfer records.
But which teams have broken their club transfer records this summer, and who were the players who led them to do so?
Read on to find out.
Only initial fees have been taken into account.
Welcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩
🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019
Player: Nicolas Pepe (from Lille)
Previous record: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, £55m, January 2018
Going into the transfer window, Arsenal reportedly had just £40m to bolster their squad ahead of their latest quest for a Champions League return.
But the Gunners spent almost double that when they brought in highly sought-after winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille, adding to their already impressive forward line.
Wesley in the claret and blue. 😍#AVFC pic.twitter.com/8hHopkrHHV
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 18, 2019
Player: Wesley (from Club Brugge)
Previous record: Darren Bent, £18m, January 2011
Looking to ensure their return to the Premier League is long-term, Aston Villa made 12 signings in the summer window, strengthening their squad across various positions.
Their marquee signing saw forward Wesley join from Club Brugge for £22m, breaking an eight-year record previously held by Darren Bent.
Brighton & Hove Albion
✍️ The club have signed long-term target Neal Maupay from @BrentfordFC!
😉 Happy #MaupayMonday!
📲 Breaking news brought to you by @eToroOfficial.#BHAFC 🔵⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 5, 2019
Player(s): Neil Maupay (from Brentford) and Adam Webster (from Bristol City)
Previous record: Alireza Jahanbakhsh, £17m, July 2018
Brighton have made a statement on their intentions to improve on last season, breaking their transfer record with two separate players at either end of the pitch.
Neil Maupay comes in from Brentford to try and ease Glenn Murray’s responsibilities for scoring goals, while Adam Webster’s arrival from Bristol City adds competition at the back.
Youri Tielemans on his return to Leicester 💬 pic.twitter.com/VOyxvuDiDN
— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 8, 2019
Player: Youri Tielemans (from Monaco)
Previous record: Islam Slimani, £30m, August 2016
As if equalling their club-record transfer fee in signing Ayoze Perez was not enough, Leicester City flashed the cash in making Youri Tielemans’ loan move permanent.
The Belgian midfielder enjoyed his time at the King Power in the second half of last season and fans can now enjoy the abilities of the 22-year-old for years to come.
✍️Done deal! Welcome to the Champions, Rodri 🔥
🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/CJobsdj7lI
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 4, 2019
Player: Rodri (from Atletico Madrid)
Previous record: Riyad Mahrez, £60m, July 2018
It can be tough to improve a near-perfect squad, especially when you’re Premier League champions, but Manchester City have found a way.
Looking to become only the second team to win three consecutive Premier League titles, City broke their transfer record with the signing of midfielder Rodri for £63m – £3m more than they paid for Riyad Mahrez last summer.
Welcome, Joelinton! #JoelinToon 🇧🇷⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Jo8kN49LML
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 23, 2019
Player: Joelinton (from Hoffenheim)
Previous record: Miguel Almiron, £20m, January 2019
Newcastle fans had waited so long for their transfer record to be broken in January with the signing of Miguel Almiron, 14 years to be exact.
But they have not had to wait too long for it to be broken again, with the Magpies shelling out £40m on Joelinton, who will undoubtedly be under pressure to get the goals.
McBurnie announced 😉✍️ pic.twitter.com/96bzfmlt5J
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) August 2, 2019
Player: Oli McBurnie (from Swansea City)
Previous record: Lys Mousset, £10m, July 2019
Sheffield United were busy boys in the summer window, breaking their transfer window no less than four times.
It started with Luke Freeman joining for £4m, but that did not last long with Callum Robinson signing for £8m. Lys Mousset’s arrival from Bournemouth then took the record to £10m, but Oli McBurnie finishes the window as Sheffield United’s most expensive player.
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✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais.
🇫🇷 The France international central midfielder has signed a contract with the Club until 2025.#WelcomeTanguy ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/5GhqGi1q5g
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 2, 2019
Player: Tanguy Ndombele (from Lyon)
Previous record: Davinson Sanchez, £42m, August 2017
After going a whole season without making a signing, Tottenham showed their intent this summer, breaking the club’s transfer record.
Tanguy Ndombele was the man to break the record, with the impressive midfielder joining from Lyon for £55m. Spurs fought off interest from Manchester United and look set to reap the benefits of a player on the up.
Sarr. Announced. #AnnounceSarr pic.twitter.com/bjDa5MHpiG
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 8, 2019
Player: Ismaila Sarr (from Rennes)
Previous record: Andre Gray, £18.5m, August 2017
On the final day of the transfer window, Watford made sure they did not fall by the wayside, forking out a club-record £30m for Ismaila Sarr.
The winger enjoyed a good season with Rennes in 2018/19, scoring eight goals and recording six assists, and joined Watford on a five-year deal.
West Ham United
We are delighted to announce the arrival of prolific French striker @HallerSeb 😍https://t.co/YjoxT2orQw
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 17, 2019
Player: Sebastien Haller (from Eintracht Frankfurt)
Previous record: Felipe Anderson, £36m, July 2018
West Ham have shown their intention of breaking into the European picture once more after breaking their transfer record for the second season running.
Sebastien Haller’s signing from Eintracht Frankfurt gives West Ham a genuine goalscorer ready to lead the line after bagging 20 goals in 41 games last season.
🖊 Welcome to Brentford, Bryan!https://t.co/8Fc2bWlmNc#BrentfordFC pic.twitter.com/Ltf7mZqZCc
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) August 5, 2019
Player: Bryan Mbeumo (from Troyes)
Previous record: Pontus Jansson, £4.5m, July 2019
Looking to end their time at Griffin Park with promotion, Brentford broke their transfer record on three different occasions this summer.
The first came with Christian Norgaard’s £3m move from Fiorentina, which was beaten by Pontus Jansson signing from Leeds for £4.5m. But they were both beaten when Bryan Mbeumo joined from Troyes for £5.5m in the final week of the window.
Of course he was coming back. 🙌#BristolCity have secured the permanent return Tomas Kalas for a club-record fee.#AnnounceKalas
— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) July 1, 2019
Player: Tomas Kalas (from Chelsea)
Previous record: Famara Diedhiou, £5.3m, July 2017
Bristol City have had a busy summer with signings and broke their transfer record when Tomas Kalas made his loan move permanent from Chelsea for £8m.
Kalas was a key player for the Robins last season, and the club will be hoping he can help fill in the gap left by Adam Webster’s departure.
Krystian Bielik is a Ram! ⚪⚫
The 21-year-old joins permanently from Arsenal after signing a five-year deal at Pride Park… ✍️#BielikIsARam
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 2, 2019
Player: Krystian Bielik (from Arsenal)
Previous record: Matej Vydra, £8m, August 2016
Derby County will be hoping to go one better than last year and secure a place in next season’s Premier League.
To help them do so, the Rams broke their transfer record to bring versatile defender Krystian Bielik to the club from Arsenal for £10m.
✍️ #ReadingFC can confirm the signing of Romanian international George Pușcaș on a five-year deal from @Inter#ByGeorge
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 7, 2019
Player: George Puscas (from Inter Milan)
Previous record: Sone Aluko, £7.5m, August 2017
The scourge of England at the U-21 European Championships in June, George Puscas will hope to cause panic among Championship defences this season, joining Reading from Inter Milan.
A fee believed to be in the region of £8m, Romanian Puscas is Reading’s club-record signing, just edging the fee spent on Sone Aluko in 2017.