The 10 most expensive transfers in British football in the summer of 2016

  • N'Golo Kante — £30 million. The defensive midfielder moved from last season's champions Leicester to London giants Chelsea.
  • Moussa Sissoko — £30 million. Tottenham signed the French midfielder from Newcastle United just before the transfer window closed on Wednesday night. 
  • Michy Batshuayi — £33 million. The 22-year-old Belgian striker player moved from French side Marseille to Chelsea after beginning his career in 2011 at Standard Liège. 
  • Sadio Mane — £34 million. The Senegalese footballer wowed bosses over the last season, scoring the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history, and moved from Southampton to Liverpool.
  • David Luiz — £34 million. Chelsea re-signed Brazil defender David Luiz from Paris St-Germain for around £15 million less than PSG paid for him in 2014.
  • Shkodran Mustafi — £35 million. The Valencia defender was signed by Arsenal for one of the highest transfer fees this time round. 
  • Granit Xhaka — £35 million. The Swiss star of Albanian descent moved from German side Borussia Monchengladbach to north London giants Arsenal. He plays as a central midfielder. 
  • Leroy Sane — £37 million. The German winger is only 20 years' old, but he was one of the most sought after players in the world this summer, eventually moving from Germany's Schalke 04 team to Manchester City.
  • John Stones — £47.5 million. The 22-year-old English centre back is moving from Everton to Manchester City. Stones' transfer made him the second most expensive English player in history.
  • Paul Pogba — £89 million. The French triple threat, primarily a central midfielder who is also comfortable playing both in attack and defence, has officially moved back from Juventus in Italy to Manchester United. Pogba's transfer is the most valuable in history.

chart from Deloitte comparing this year's spending to previous years

The 20 English top flight football clubs went on a £1.17 billion ($1.5 billion) player spending spree, breaking all previous records for the summer transfer window.

Premier League clubs spent more than £155 million on players on the last day of the window on Wednesday, breaking 2013's record of £140 million.

Thirteen clubs broke their own transfer spending records, and the average outlay for new players per club reached £60 million. (Business Insider)