Chelsea's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2017. AFP / Ben STANSALL
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Football clubs across the world splashed out a record $6.37 billion on players during 2017 with English teams again the biggest spenders, FIFA's Global Transfer Market Report said.The total paid out was about 33 percent more than in 2016 as English clubs led the way with a net spend of $988 million. Deals such as Romelu Lukaku's 75 million-pound move from Everton to Manchester United and Alvaro Morata's 60 million pound switch from Real Madrid to Chelsea put English teams at the top of the list.The report shows that only 15.8 percent of transfers involved fees being paid from one club to another.
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