Premier League clubs topped the spending charts this summer, with more than £1.15 billion paid out in transfer fees.
That was more than Spain, Germany and French sides spent combined,
But, despite that outlay, the overall spend was down on last year.
The highest individual outlay was for Jack Grealish by Manchester City who was bought from Aston Villa for £100 million, closely followed by the £97.5 million that Chelsea paid Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.
The most spent by any club was Arsenal, who spent over 150 million of six players.
The next biggest spenders, in terms of countries, was Italy, with a total outlay of £474 million, the biggest fee there being the £34 million that Roma paid to acquire tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
However, the continued impact on football finances was evident in the reduced combined spending across all leagues.
The money in England only goes so far though. For the 72 clubs in the Championship below the Premier League, only 37 deals were done, for a combined sum of just £40 million in the window.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.