The German Bundesliga has been spending more than ever before on new players.
The 18 clubs this off-season beat the league's spending record for new players but also significantly eclipsed the previous mark for earnings from transfer fees.
Bundesliga clubs have so far shelled out nearly 450 million euros (about 510 million dollars) to strengthen their squads this season - topping last year's spending spree of about 300 million euros.
But the clubs also hauled in around 420 million euros in player sales. Neither of those figures include loans.
The spending numbers will rise further as the transfer window remains open until August 31, meaning the half-billion mark could be broken - an idea thought unimaginable just a couple of years ago.
Borussia Dortmund have so far been the biggest spenders, splashing out 108.7 million euros on eight players including German world champions Andre Schuerrle and Mario Goetze. But Dortmund's shopping tour was offset by the 106 million euros that came in through the sales of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Guendogan.
Looking up to Dortmund on the spending list were German champions Bayern Munich, who signed Hummels and Renato Sanches for 70 million euros while recouping 45.5 million euros in sales.
Wolfsburg are currently third on the spending list with 41.5 million euros paid out for the likes of Yannick Gerhardt, Mario Gomez, Jeffrey Bruma and Jakub Blaszczykowski. Wolfsburg did meanwhile bring in 37.5 million euros for selling Schuerrle and Max Kruse.
The transfer window saw Leroy Sane become the most expensive German player in history as the Schalke crown jewel striker moved to Manchester City for 48 million euros plus bonuses.
All told, Schalke brought in 54.3 million euros while the new club management spent a club record 22.5 million euros on striker talent Breel Embolo.
The second-largest amount for a Bundesliga player so far this window was the 45 million euros Borussia Moenchengladbach received from Arsenal for Granit Xhaka. At the other end, Gladbach spent 15 million on Christoph Kramer from Bayer Leverkusen and 11 million for Jannik Vestergaard from Werder Bremen.
Many of the Bundesliga clubs can only dream of these kind of big money transfers. The biggest contrast to Dortmund is Darmstadt, who only spent 750,000 euros on Immanuel Hoehn from Freiburg with none of their other additions seemingly requiring a transfer fee.
Eintracht Frankfurt have so far invested only 2.2 million euros while Ingolstadt have spent 3.95 million and both Hertha Berlin and Cologne opened their wallets to the tune of 4.0 million euros.
The two promoted sides have both shelled out more cash than that group of teams.
Freiburg have so far paid out nearly 10 million euros for new players while RB Leipzig used the financial strength of main sponsor Red Bull to pay 27.5 million euros for four players - without bringing in a single cent through sales.
SV Hamburg also utilized finance from investor Klaus-Michael Kuehne as they spent 25.45 million euros on the likes of Filip Kostic, Alen Halilovic and Bobby Wood. The 14 million euros paid to Stuttgart for Kostic was a club record.
Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile splashed out 20 million euros on Kevin Volland from Hoffenheim but overall have spent a very pedestrian 25 million euros in total on reinforcements in this window of record spending.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 06:05