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European leagues break new spending records in transfer window

Thursday, 2018-09-13 07:36:58
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Cristiano Ronaldo's EUR100 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus was the biggest summer transfer in Europe's five leading leagues. (Reuters)
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Europe’s big five leagues spent a record US$4.21 billion (EUR3.62 billion) in the summer transfer window, according to a study published on Wednesday (Sep 12) by FIFA. The total amount of money spent by clubs in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France was up 6.6% on the US$3.95 billion spent in the same transfer window last year.

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Reuters, CNA