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In January, amid the turmoil of player transfers, Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. After acquiring Ronaldo, another Saudi club, Al-Hilal, has shown interest in Lionel Messi. These Saudi clubs have been aggressive in the transfer market during the summer.
Despite the excitement around signing the two top stars, these Saudi clubs were not considered as threats for European clubs until recently. However, the situation started changing with the summer transfer activities, and it is believed that the competition between Saudi clubs for players will continue to grow.
Al-Hilal has made a €300 million offer for Kylian Mbappe. PSG has approved the offer, but Mbappe rejected it. Until Mbappe decides on the offer, his transfer could shape the rest of the summer's transfer activities.
Besides Mbappe, Al-Hilal has already spent €176.6 million on other players in this transfer window, including Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Malcom. On the other hand, the club has earned €13.8 million by selling seven players.
Arsenal made significant efforts last season to revive their Premier League campaign but couldn't secure the Champions League spot. They are determined to return stronger next season and have invested heavily in transfers, spending €231.6 million on nine players, including Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Julian Timber. They have also sold three players for €99 million.
Arsenal's net spending stands at €217 million, putting them at the top of the expenditure list among European clubs in the current transfer window.
After Arsenal and Al-Hilal, there's PSG. They had to let go of Lionel Messi as a free transfer. Kylian Mbappe is also on the path to leave PSG. However, amidst all the ups and downs, PSG has been actively making new signings. They have acquired players like Marcos Asensio, Lucas Hernandez, and several other football stars. They are also keeping an eye on stars like Harry Kane. So far, PSG has spent €159.6 million on transfers and earned €21.5 million through player sales, resulting in a net spending of €138.1 million.
Real Madrid stands in the fourth position on the list. They have spent €128.5 million on transfers so far, not selling many players except for six players, including Benzema, on free transfers. They have brought in players like Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Houssem Aouar. The net spending for Real Madrid is €85 million.
Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, is fifth on the list. They have spent €136.3 million to bring in players like James Maddison and Pedro Porro. They have also earned €16 million from player sales, resulting in a net spending of €120.3 million.
Other clubs in the top ten of the list include Arabian club Al-Liabjig, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Chelsea. This season, these five clubs have spent the most on transfers.