Thousands of Real Madrid fans gathered at the Bernabeu to welcome Gareth Bale on Monday after the Welsh international decided to join los Merengues on a six-year contract, one day before the market closed.
The Spanish giants, bidding for a 10th European Cup this season, paid a reported 100 million Euros to complete the switch, breaking their own world transfer record set when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Earlier this summer, Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani signed for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal believed to be worth around 64 million Euros.
The 26-year-old, who finished top scorer in Serie A with Napoli last season, became the most expensive transfer in French football history, eclipsing the 60 million Euros that Ligue 1 rivals Monaco paid Atletico Madrid for Radamel Falcao.
The Colombia forward was later joined by Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, French international Eric Abidal and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho as Monaco spent more than 160 million Euros in the transfer market.
Arsenal left it late on deadline day to complete the club-record signing of Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil for 50 million Euros.
After failing to lure Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, Arsene Wenger, looking to secure the club’s first trophy since 2005, eventually pulled off the big-name signing promised in June.
Brazilian forward Neymar also caused a stir when he joined Spanish giants Barcelona in May, shortly after rejecting an offer from Real Madrid.
The 21 year old, who scored 138 goals in 229 matches for Santos, signed a five-year deal at the Camp Nou after the Catalans agreed a fee of 57 million Euros with his former club .
Former Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola signed a three-year deal to take charge of Champions League holders Bayern Munich in July.
The 41-year-old, who took over from treble winner Jupp Heynckes, lifted his first silverware as Bayern coach on Friday, downing ten-man Chelsea on penalties in the Super Cup in Prague.