Cristiano Ronaldo

Serie A clubs spent €1.14bn on the transfer market this summer, second only to the Premier League.

The 2018-19 season kicked off yesterday with Chievo-Juventus and Lazio-Napoli, so the transfer deadline was last night.

Panorama calculate that Italian top flight clubs spent €1.14bn this term, considerably more than the €907m from a year ago.

These sides increased their overall spending by 25 per cent, putting them second behind only the Premier League, who spent €1.42bn.

It is a massive leap forward, considering Serie A spent just €335m in 2014, then €608.8m in 2015 and €707.35m in 2016.

Juventus opened their wallets the most with €250m, over €100m of that going to Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, €40m for Joao Cancelo, another €40m for Douglas Costa and €35m for Leonardo Bonucci.

The Ballon d’Or winner is the most expensive player transfer of the summer throughout Europe and the only one to go beyond the €100m mark..

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