You will no doubt have heard someone moan that football transfer spending is spiralling out of control.
It’s a common statement from people who remember the first-ever £1million footballer – or when footballers were paid £50-a-week.
The modern game’s spending is particularly high… so much so that three managers have spent a combined £1billion on transfers.
With the current world record transfer standing at £199million, and will no doubt be broken in years to come, there will come a time where billion pound managers are a common thing.
The chasing pack are already closing in on the top three.
Here are the current top 10 managers for transfer expenditure…
10. Unai Emery – £634.23m
Players purchased: 63 for six different clubs
Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s total is somewhat bloated by the fact that he was the man who brought Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in the most expensive transfer of all-time.
The £199million deal represents over a quarter of the business that the experienced Spaniard has completed in his career.
Arsenal splashed the cash this summer with the arrivals of Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney, but Emery was also known to be a shrewd transfer dealer during his time at Sevilla and Valencia.
9. Rafael Benitez – £677.42m
Players purchased: 92 for seven different clubs
Rafael Benitez is synonymous with one of the most famous victories in the history of Liverpool – and he certainly spent some money putting that team together.
In fact, 10 of his top 14 most expensive buys came during his Anfield tenure, with Fernando Torres being the most expensive of the lot at £34million.
But the most expensive player he bought was Gonzalo Higuain, who he took to Napoli in 2013 from Real Madrid for a fee of £35million.
As for other big money spending, not much of it came during his time at Newcastle .
8. Claudio Ranieri – £720.93m
Players purchased: 95 for 11 different clubs
Claudio Ranieri was the mastermind behind the most fairytale Premier League title win ever imaginable, as he took relegation-favourites Leicester to the top.
However, the Italian can also deal in big money, too.
His two biggest signings come from his time at Monaco, as he spent nearly a combined £80million on James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao.
He was also known to spend reasonable cash on players during his time at Chelsea and Juventus .
7. Roberto Mancini – £721.41m
Players purchased: 79 for six different clubs
Seven of Roberto Mancini’s top 10 buys came during his time at Manchester City , as he built the squad to lead them to their first-ever Premier League title.
The two most expensive – Sergio Aguero (£36million) and Edin Dzeko (£33million) – scored the two stoppage-time goals which won said title for City on that famous day against QPR.
The 2015 signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia for Inter Milan for £32.4m was the most expensive non-City signing that Mancini has made.
6. Arsene Wenger – £867.38m
Players purchased: 103 for four different clubs
The man responsible for Arsenal’s success in the noughties is also one of the highest-spending gaffers of all-time.
His top four most expensive buys all remain at Arsenal to this day: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Grant Xhaka.
All four of those men cost upwards of £40million. Not bad spending for a club who traditionally appear reluctant to splash the cash.
5. Massimiliano Allegri – £914m
Players purchased: 87 for three different clubs
Max Allegri is a serial winner on the sidelines – and he spent a chunk of money last summer on a serial winner on the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Allegri’s biggest-ever signing, taking him to Juventus for £105million in the summer of 2018.
He has also spent £81million on Gonzalo Higuain in the past, while the signings of Joao Cancelo, Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi have added to his total.
4. Manuel Pellegrini – £949.14m
Players purchased: 82 for nine different clubs
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is closing in on a billion pounds spent in his career.
Like Allegri, his most expensive-ever purchase is Cristiano Ronaldo, splashing £84million in 2009 to take him to Real Madrid from Manchester United .
Kevin De Bruyne’s move to Manchester City is his second biggest move, while Kaka’s switch from AC Milan to Real Madrid was a costly one.
3. Pep Guardiola – £1.03bn
Players purchased: 52 for four different clubs
Pep Guardiola is the first of three managers to be in the billion club.
Unsurprisingly, seven of his top eight signings have been for Manchester City, where he has been backed by the board to help turn the club into one of the most dominant forces in world football.
But his No.1 buy came during his time at Barcelona . Zlatan Ibrahimovic cost a cool £62.5million from Inter Milan in 2009.
Not a single one of Guardiola’s signings for Bayern Munich are in his top 10.
2. Carlo Ancelotti – £1.11bn
Players purchased: 85 for eight different clubs
In at two is one of European football’s most successful bosses. Carlo Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues among other successes in a variety of leagues.
It was during his time at Real Madrid where he made his two most expensive purchases: Gareth Bale (£90million) and James Rodriguez (67.5million).
Fernando Torres is his third most expensive purchase but the £50million move from Liverpool to Chelsea did not work out as planned.
1. Jose Mourinho – £1.40bn
Players purchased: 97 for seven different clubs
Jose Mourinho knows what it takes to win – and knows that he has to have the world’s best players at his disposal to do so.
That is why Mourinho has the mammoth expenditure of £1.4billion to his name.
However, his spending hasn’t always led to success. Five of his top six purchases were for Manchester United and he ultimately could not make that work for him.
Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all expensive purchases for United during Mourinho’s tenure.
Perhaps surprisingly, Mourinho’s three most costly Chelsea signings came during his first spell in charge of the club. Andriy Shevchenko remains his most expensive at Stamford Bridge, ahead of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.