Top 10 transfer crazy coaches from this century and their biggest captures

Football clubs need to spend money in order to compete for trophies. However, some clubs and managers are more likely to buy players than others.

Therefore, we’re taking a look at the ten managers who have spent the most money on transfers during this century, meaning from the 2000/2001 season onwards (via Transfermarkt), including their biggest captures.

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10. Mark Hughes

The current Stoke City manager has coached five teams since the turn of the century. Hughes has spent a total of £328.44 million on 48 transfers, narrowly beating Brendan Rodgers for the tenth spot. His biggest buy has been Robinho at Manchester City, paying £32.25 million for the Brazilian.

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9. Louis Van Gaal

Next up is Manchester United’s current boss. The Dutchman has been involved in 42 transfers during his stay at four clubs, spending a total of £372.36 million on new players. His biggest transfer has been Angel Di Maria, spending £56.25 million to get the Argentine at Old Trafford.

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8. Pep Guardiola

The Spaniard will join the Premier League next season, but has been very successful coaching Barcelona and Bayern, spending a total of £409.13 million on just 30 players. Getting Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter for £52.13 million has been his biggest transfer.


7. Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United is the Spaniard’s fifth club since 2000 and Benitez has spent a total of £449.88 million on 69 new players since. He has paid more than £20 million for one player four times, with Fernando Torres (at Liverpool) and Gonzalo Higuain (at Napoli) being his biggest captures at £28.5 million.


6. Claudio Ranieri

Oh what a miracle it would be if the Italian leads Leicester to the Premier League title. The Foxes are Ranieri’s seventh team this century, with the 64-year-old spending a total of £454 million on 68 players. His three biggest transfers have come at Monaco, with James Rodriguez topping the bill at £33.75 million.

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5. Roberto Mancini

The current Inter boss has coached five teams since 2000 and has spent a total of £459.1 million on 61 incoming transfers. Mancini’s biggest get has been Sergio Aguero at Manchester City, paying £30 million for the Argentine.

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4. Arsene Wenger

The Arsenal legend narrowly beats Mancini in this regard. Wenger has brought in 75 new players with the Gunners, spending a total of £465.08 million. The Frenchman’s biggest transfer has been Mesut Ozil, who came to Arsenal from Real Madrid for £34.5 million.

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3. Manuel Pellegrini

It’s time for the big spenders. Pellegrini has coached six teams this century and has spent a total of £636.56 million on 65 new players. Still his biggest capture has been Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for £70.5 million.

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2. Carlo Ancelotti

Starting from next season, the Italian will coach his sixth team (Bayern Munich) since 2000. For now, Ancelotti has spent a total of £674.95 million on 58 transfers with five teams. He paid the most for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, meaning £75.75 million.

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1. Jose Mourinho

But by far the biggest spender has been Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has coached six teams this century and has brought in 86 new players for a total of £810.96 million. That’s more than £100 million more than Ancelotti. Mourinho’s biggest transfer is still the one where he paid £32.48 million for Andriy Shevchenko at Chelsea.

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