5. Mesut Ozil: Real Madrid to Arsenal, £42.4m.
Yes Gunners fans you did read that correctly and deadline day wasn’t all a wonderful dream, the notoriously cautious north London club paid the second highest fee in British history for Ozil.
The German ace made the switch to the Emirates Stadium from Madrid when a certain Welshman made the move the other way and could seriously make Arsene Wenger’s men title contenders.
4. Neymar: Santos to Barcelona, £48.6m.
The long expected arrival of the talented Brazilian in Europe eventually arrived when Barca made the plunge and paid the second highest fee in their history to land the 21-year-old.
Along with four-time Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi, Neymar is expected to bring Champions League pride back to the Nou Camp following a humiliating 7-0 aggregate loss at the hands of eventual champions Bayern Munich last term.
3. Radamel Falcao: Atletico Madrid to AS Monaco, £51m.
With Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s money, Monaco decided to spend big this summer and landed marquee signing Falcao early on in the window.
The Colombian’s goal-scoring record at previous clubs Atletico and Porto is world-class and the Ligue 1 outfit are hoping for more of the same now the forward is in Monte Carlo.
2. Edinson Cavani: Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain, £55m.
Another South American in a list dominated by players from the continent and another striker with a prolific goal-scoring record.
The French league has seen an influx of serious amounts of money in the past few years and Cavani became PSG’s record signing when making the switch from Italy.
1. Gareth Bale: Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, £85.3m.
Of course it wouldn’t be a rich list if Los Blancos weren’t involved somewhere and the Spanish giants certainly made their mark by smashing the £80m world record transfer fee the club set four years ago.
Bale’s move to the Bernabeu makes the 24-year-old the most expensive player of all time ahead of new team mate Cristiano Ronaldo and the pair make up an attacking duo that cost £165.3m.