AUGUST has passed, and with it we have seen the one of the craziest transfer windows ever close.
Paris Saint-Germain spent a world record fee to sign Neymar, triggering the £198million release clause in his Barcelona contract.
And there were also big money moves for Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe in the aftermath.
In the Premier League alone there were EIGHT transfers completed worth over £40m – including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool!
But there has been some good news financially for the clubs saying goodbye to these stars.
The rise in spending has seen a number of clubs make a massive profit on players they signed for peanuts just a few years ago.
So, what are the most profitable transfers ever?
JOHN STONES became England’s most expensive defender with his move to Manchester City last summer.
Everton had signed him from Barnsley for ust £3.15m and sold him for £50.04m which gave the Toffees a whopping £46.89m profit.
ANTHONY MARTIAL was virtually an unknown to many in England before his move in 2015.
But Monaco sure did see his promise as they signed him for £4.5m from Lyon before flogging him for £54m.
That’s a cool £49.5m profit.
LIVERPOOL reluctantly let Luis Suarez join Barcelona for £73.55m in 2014.
The Reds bought him from Ajax for £23.85m, meaning they made £49.7m from the deal.
IT was 17 years ago that Luis Figo pulled off one of the most one of the most controversial transfers ever.
The Portguese winger moved from Barcelona to arch-rivals Real Madrid for £51.75m.
Barca had only spent £2.25m on him from Sporting Lisbon, but the £49.52m profit they made was not enough to stop the Catalan club fans’ hatred.
RAHEEM STERLING was one of Liverpool’s golden boys in the 2014/15 season.
But when Manchester City came in with a £56.25m bid, Sterling forced a move to the Etihad.
But the Reds’ loss would have been softened with the £55.62m made on the deal after he joined them from QPR for just £630,000.
EVERTON make their second entry on the list after making £58.2m on Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian hitman was bought from Chelsea in 2014 for £31.82m but sold on for £90m.
JUVENTUS made £63m on their £66.15m sale of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid.
The World Cup winner signed for just £3.15m from Bordeaux.
But Real will not be complaining about the price after his amazing volley in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen.
Real even had the last laugh last season when Zidane led them to an 11th European title as manager against his former club.
MANCHESTER UNITED fans were in bits when Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to leave for Real Madrid for a then-world record £84.6m.
But United’s accountants may have been looking a bit happier when they realised they just made a £67.5m profit on the player they signed for just £17.1m.
And who knows, he may even return to Old Trafford one day…
TOTTENHAM signed a fresh-faced Gareth Bale for £13.3m in 2007.
Fast forward six years and Spurs were counting the cash as they made £77.6m from the £90m sale of the Welsh Wizard to Real Madrid.
Just don’t remind them of the players they spent the majority of the cash on…
ONCE Neymar completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain, it was only a matter of time before they splashed the cash.
And Ousmane Dembele was their man as they spent £94.5m on the young Frenchman from Borussia Dortmund.
The German club made an astonishing £81m profit after acquiring him for just £13.5m
WE all know the story by now.
But in case you somehow missed it, Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012 for Juventus and were only paid £800,000.
After some brilliant season’s in Italy, United were laughed at by many fans as they then spent a huge £94.5m to get him back last summer.
Juve made £93.7m profit on just that one deal.
NUMBER one on this list could have only been one player after this summer’s bonkers transfer window.
Neymar shocked the world as he requested to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain – for a whopping £198m.
That gave Barca a world-record £118.62m profit on the Brazilian boy-wonder they signed for £79.38m from Santos in 2013.
All fees are from transfermarkt.co.uk, and include potential add-ons
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