ONLY Aston Villa and Stoke spent less than Burnley in the summer transfer window as Premier League clubs splashed out £835million on new players, according to analysts.
Manchester United led the way, with a record for an English club of £150million spent during the summer, as the Premier League clubs displayed the spending power of their huge domestic TV deal.
Business advisory firm Deloitte said the total was almost double the sum spent by clubs in Spain’s La Liga this summer.
The £835million is also over £200million more than the previous record of £630million, also by Premier League clubs in 2013, and the net spend was £410million – £350million to overseas clubs and £60million to Football League clubs.
Burnley spent £8m during the window as they strengthened their squad with 10 new signings including the £3m addition of George Boyd on deadline day.
But that total is still £142m behind United while fellow newly-promoted sides Leicester and QPR spent £11m and £36.5m respectively.
Stoke were the lowest summer spenders with Mark Hughes’ men paying just £3.4m out while Aston Villa spent £6.9m.
The Clarets were one of only two top-flight sides who did not receive any transfer fees during the summer, along with Everton, meaning Sean Dyche’s side ranked 14th in net spending.
Southampton were bottom of that table having made a £30.7m profit depsite splashing out nearly £60m in new players.
Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said an increase in TV revenue was among the reasons for the record spend.
He said: “We continue to see the increased resources that Premier League clubs enjoy, as a result of improved broadcast deals, translate into investment in players.
“Last season the average Premier League club received over £25million more in central broadcast distributions than they did in 2012/13, which has helped fuel a new record spend this summer.”
He added: “This summer transfer window has again been one of records with Premier League clubs spending more than in any previous transfer window.
“This summer has also seen the highest gross spend in a single transfer window by a single Premier League club and a new record transfer fee for an individual player in English football (Angel di Maria, £59.7m).”
Spending across the other top divisions of Europe saw La Liga splash out £425million, Italy’s Serie A next with £260million, followed by the Bundesliga in Germany with £250million and France’s Ligue 1 with £100million.